I was at Hexham Book Festival yesterday to read from DRY SEASON in theRobinson-Gay Gallery. The venue was lovely – very relaxed – and they even provided a Jackanory style chair to read from. So, surrounded by all kinds of interesting art, the event proceeded and . . . well, I’d like to say there was standing room only, people waiting outside, straining to hear my treacly tones, but it wasn’t exactly oversubscribed.
Never mind, though, it was an intimate reading. Dan Smith ‘unplugged’ if you like. And a couple of people I haven’t seen for a long time came, so that was great.
Anyway, thanks to the gallery and thanks to Cogito books who came along to sell copies of Dry Season. It’s heartening to know there are still some independent booksellers left, despite the world dominance of the likes of Amazon and Waterstones. So, if you’re ever in Hexham, make sure you check out Cogito books – it’s a lovely shop with a fantastic selection of books. There are no bestseller tables with 3 for 2 offers, but you get a personal service with actual recommendations – yeah, I know recommendations. From real people. Can’t ask for more than that, eh?