Three weeks is a long time in the life of a festival director, especially for one who lives and works on a farm, and likes poultry as much as poetry, and live lambs as much as live Literature.
So, let’s get the animals bit out of the way.
The Festival’s HQ is Lower Shaw Farm, which is home not only to Festival workers but also to hens, ducks, sheep, and pigs. Spring, quite naturally, is the time of year when livestock like to have offspring.
We are, in so many fortunate senses, a million miles from last week’s bombs and gunfire in the USA but as fellow human beings, some of whom also like running, we think of the people of Boston.
On the Festival front, box offices and online ticket-sellers are being kept very busy. Most events are proving extremely popular, with some almost sold out. These include Stella Rimington, Ken Livingstone, Clare Balding, Kate Humble, Alistair McGowan, A C Grayling, Steve Jones, and P D James.
Interest in writing workshops and Poetry and Think Slam competitions is also considerable. So, if you want to participate in any of these, be sure to sign up soon to avoid disappointment.
With a sunshine day like today, it’s clear that May is not far away!