It’s only a few days to the festival and I’m getting myself both mentally and physically prepared – this might seem a bit dramatic but it’s been a busy start to 2011 and I want to be at my best for all of the fantastic readings, launches, films etc.
After spending so many hours of the day chained to my laptop, I’m looking forward to getting out there and listening to other writers, immersing myself in pure literary indulgence.
It’s an opportunity to widen my experience and indulge my senses by listening to a range of quality poets from all over the world – rediscovering old favourites and exploring new names and fresh talent – in one of Ireland’s finest cities.
I’m particularly excited about attending the Gabriel Rosenstock haiku workshop – I’m only halfway through the Book of Enlightenment, and I already have a multitude of questions. Of course, I’ll be sharing some of the answers with you afterwards. Though I must admit, I’m a bit nervous about revealing my own haiku, given Gabriel’s mastery of the form.
Another highlight will be catching up with Leanne O’Sullivan again. Last time I saw her, she was about to go to China for a writing residency – I can’t even begin to imagine how amazing that was (I’ll let you know when I find out).
Before I shut down to head to the city – I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the writers who have been extremely generous with their time and efforts, providing lots of posts for the blog. I can’t wait to meet everyone at the festival and say thank you to each and every one of them in person.
I’m also looking forward to seeing you all there – make sure you stop and say hi.