What a feast for the starving writers in the audience.
A L Kennedy (Hilarious, sharp, witty, scarily brainy with more than a twinkle as she surveyed the Charleston ladies... ), and Lorrie Moore (wonderful liquid diction and prose, gentler...) both generous-spirited and wanting to share something of what makes them tick as writers.
Lorrie Moore read from a ghost story. No, don't switch off... it was a marvellous thing, utterly real. You got to know the ghost well before she entered the scene, and the relationships between the narrator and the rest of the characters... stunning. I bought the book and will finish the story later.
A L Kennedy read from her latest novel Day, the story of a rear gunner in WWII. Scenes from a pub, listening to airmen joshing about the events of the day...a brilliant switch of tone when the MC asks a quiet question, 'What is it like?',a meeting with a girl, and the most poignant scene from the end.
Her longer name is Alison. That didn't fit at all, so I will think of her as A L.