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My Event Report: In Conversation With Dan Richards

A photograph of Dan Richards

© Photo:Gerry Walden/ 2016

Thursday saw the first In Conversation event here in Southampton, hosted at The Notes Cafe. Dan Richards came down from Bath via Norwich – a very busy day that resulted in a likely miffed cat – and spoke to us about Climbing Days and The Beechwood Airship Interviews: how it was to be a female mountaineer in the early 20th century; the problems with climbing then as opposed to now; being greeted as the great-great-nephew of a climbing legend; interviewing popular artists about their work within their creative spaces.

With me on stage too, this post was never going to be like my other event write ups. It would have looked a little odd for me to have a notebook and pen, not least to be jumping off the stage to gets photographs… of one person and an empty chair, so I mollified myself with the occasional glance to check my live tweeter was indeed tweeting (he was but as we discovered later, he didn’t know about mentions/replies – this is why I was posting tweets the next morning) and rested assured that there was a professional photographer in the house.

A photograph of me and Dan Richards

© Photo:Gerry Walden/ 2016

Faber sent us some letterpressed prints of Stanley Donwood’s book cover art, signed by both artist and Dan, and we had all three books on sale. It was lovely to see those I’d met before and those I’d met on Twitter; April Munday joined us (we met at last year’s RNA conference) as well as Paul Cheney who I now know, through Dan, and who travelled a fair distance all considered.

It was a lovely evening and we look forward to a second – on Thursday 24th November, Elizabeth Fremantle will be joining us, Facebook event page here. Do come if you can!

What’s the most recent literary event you’ve attended?


April Munday

October 24, 2016, 9:29 am

Thank you for the mention. It was a lovely evening and I’m looking forward to the next one.


October 24, 2016, 8:35 pm

Glad it was a success!


October 24, 2016, 10:37 pm

how lucky you are to be able to not only participate in such events but to be in the driving seat and asking the questions. We have a literary festival in Cardiff next week but none of the events are really calling out to me


November 10, 2016, 3:10 pm

April: :D

Stefanie: Thanks, Stefanie!

Bookertalk: It was fun! Yes – and then you’ll see a festival where there are lots of authors you want to listen to who are all talking at the same time, isn’t that always the way!



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