Last weekend, I spent two lovely days at a local literary festival at the village of Saint-Clémentin in the Deux-Sèvres. Guests included Michèle Roberts, Leigh Russell and Blake Morrison, plus a number of local writers and poets.
There were walks with poetry, writing projects with local schools, participative poetry readings, interviews, workshops, local crafts and gastronomy and a wonderful bookshop.
Local authors like me were encouraged to sell and sign their books. And the sun shone.
Given that Saint-Clémentin has only just over 1,000 inhabitants, staging a three day littlest with over 50 authors and as many events was miraculous.
But the local writers’ group and an army of volunteers are to be congratulated. It only took two years of planning, the organisation of a military operation and energy resources of a new galaxy to do it.
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