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Cath

Sometimes it can be a matter of discovering as much as adding – a bit like literary speed-dating! If you make a point of buying tickets for writers you've never even heard of, or covering a subject you know little about, one enjoyable hour can set you off on paths you may never have ventured down otherwise. When I sent off for my first ever EBF programme several years ago, I was somewhat taken aback by the number of writers unknown to me – mostly arising from EBF's enduring interest in both world writing and new writers. I decided to give it a go anyway and find out who these people were. I then had the most incredible week, entertaining, stimulating, eye-opening. In contrast to my everyday world, it was a real treat for the intellect.

Megan

Thanks for sharing this experience with us. Negotiating with the Dead just showed up in the mail for me the other day.

I find writers and their writing process fascinating. I blogged about Atwood and her book on writing last Wednesday.

adele geras

You have lots of pleasure ahead of you. My favourites are Cat's Eye and esp. The Robber Bride. But there's also the Handmaid's Tale and the early Lady Oracle...oh, you'll be busy all right! She is a fascinating writer.

Tara

I cannot think of an author I'd like to hear speak more than Margaret Atwood. I've just completed a second reading of The Handmaid's Tale as was, as alwasy, struck by her brilliance. Did she say what she is currently working on? I'd love for her to write another full length novel.

Susie Vereker

How very interesting. I feel a little jealous. Margaret Atwood is my favourite writer and I'm always impressed by her shining intelligence when I see her on TV, even better to see her in real life. The book I like best is The Blind Assassin - blew me away with its brilliance.
Thanks for recommending Tobias Woolf, by the way, Karen.

Susie Vereker

Sorry, I mean Tobias Wolff!

Lisa

I would absolutely love to hear Atwood speak. I love her writing! Interestingly enough, however, I haven't read alias Grace. It's in my soon-to-be-read pile now.

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