Well, I have always been a bit of a #fangirl! Once I get a “thing”about someone, that’s it. Full on. If it’s a music, all their records, an author, all their books, you know how it is!
So, when I saw that Mary Portas was speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, I knew I would like to go along. Ah, and who better than my friend, Louise, who is a budding author herself and a regular at the OLF. We got the LAST TWO TICKETS!
Arriving early and having a coffee, Louise talked about previous literary festivals she has been to and how sometimes the authors talked and other times they were ‘interviewed’. Her preference was for ‘talking’. However here, Mary was interviewed and I think it somehow took away from the experience as the interviewer wanted to talk about her as “Mary Queen of Shops” rather than asking her about her book, her childhood, whether there was going to be Volume 2 and 3. Also very little time for audience questions.
But Mary herself was delightful, just how you would imagine her to be from her TV programmes. When she said to the interviewer “Can’t we just get back to to the book?”, in that way she does trying to get the shop owners back on track in her TV programmes, the audience definitely took in an intake of breath :).
It was great, I loved it. She signed my copy of Shop Girl and posed for a pic.
I am also going to become a fangirl of Literary Festivals.