Monday, May 18, 2009

Crimefest 2009: the recovery phase

Well, I got home from Bristol's Crimefest last night, and immediately felt like taking another weekend off.  But it was a thoroughly enjoyable few days. 

There were countless highlights for me, and I'll write more about them in the next few days.  But it was very pleasing finally to meet a whole raft of virtual acquaintances - Maxine Clark, Karen Meek, Martin Edwards, Peter Rozovsky, even the mysterious crimeficreader - and discover that they are all real people after all. And all utterly charming. 

I ought to add particular thanks to Edward Marston, who not only moderated the first of my panels superbly, but also went some distance out of his way to make a newcomer feel at home.  And of course thanks to Adrian and Myles, the organisers, and their colleagues  - I've attended many conferences but rarely one that seemed to run so smoothly.  I imagine they were paddling frantically below the surface at times, but to participants the whole event exuded swan-like elegance and calm. 

Comments

1. Martin+Edwards said...

Michael, it was great to meet you - let's get together again before too long.

2. Michael Walters said...

Thanks, Martin - great to meet you, too, and I look forward to meeting again very soon. And congratulations on your well-deserved victory in the Crimefest Mastermind!

3. cfr said...

Lovely to meet you, Michael and to put the world to rights with you...

Looking forward to starting to read your novels. I forgot to mention that I had bought a copy of your first after reading Maxine's praises. (And Norm's, I believe.)

4. Michael+Walters said...

Great to meet you too, cfr. The world doesn't seem to have listened to our views so far, but you can't have everything... Hope you enjoy the book, and hope the weather, and everything else, is kind to you in Hay.

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