I was pleased to be able to produce a mini documentary this month for a local event now in its 9th year – The Chorleywood Litfest.
This festival is not only a Kindle-free celebration of books and their authors but a celebration of village life and community too and more than 1500 people came to The Memorial Hall over seven nights to listen to talks from Charles Spencer (Killers of the King), Jodi Picoult (Leaving Time) and Tanya Byron (The Skeleton Cupboard) to name a few.
What strikes me about this event is how reading a book (a thing with covers, pages and a spine – not an electronic device!) is as popular a thing as it ever was. And that reading, once considered to be something of a solitary activity, has matured into a social channel all of its own, collecting and engaging readers to share and debate the merits of the written word.