Still buzzing from introducing guests at Writers' Week.
Will gather my thoughts soon, and write a more philosophical blog post.
The strange kinship between children's literature and the novels of Kafka has been on
my mind for some time. More soon.
In the meantime, below are some of the wonderful events I was privileged enough
to be part of.
Below are some thoughts and reflections on the whole thing.
For me, children's literature is a new, fascinating and exciting world.
An undiscovered country. I always find children and young adult literature rich in raw imagination. Rich in archetypes and unconscious energy. Much adult literature seems to have went through a conditioning process that kills raw imagination.
I think this is actually key to understanding Kafka's enduring relevance and magnetism.
More of which later! I must read more, and will now thanks to #listowelWW19 and the panel. It was honour to meet them and introduce event. Sarah Webb, Chris Judge, Gráinne Clear & Daiden O'Regan. All credit to children's literature! All credit to the power of the imagination! PS; thanks to Aoife Kissane for photos.
The highlight? Tough, but it has to be introducing Alexandra Pringle, editor-in-chief at Bloomsbury, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished publishing houses, for 19 years! It was also a pleasure to meet Niall MacMonagle, who interviewed Alexandra. Niall is a Renaissance man, consummate gentleman and wonderful asset to LWW.
Was really spoilt by the amount of incredible people and guests I met, and had the pleasure to introduce. Real pleasure to introduce Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin of writing.ie Polly Nolan of The Greenhouse Literary Agency, and last, but certainly not least, Fergal Byrne, who is not only a brilliant playwright and screenwriter, he is incredible company over a few pints. Great festival and great to be involved. Having an international book festival in an Irish market-town in Kerry, with its historical structure so well preserved, is very, very unique. Vibe and atmosphere was wonderful throughout.
Now, what was I saying about Kafka and children's literature?
More to follow!