The Garden Museum has just held its third annual Literary Festival, 'A Friend a book and a garden'. I enjoyed it so much the first year I visited I have made sure that I have not missed going. Each year I value the time I spend there. I get to listen to interesting speakers and find out about books and writers I might not have otherwise stumbled across. I learned early on with this festival that it is often the speakers you are not so much looking forward to that deliver the best and most interesting talks.
Sunday started with a talk hosted by Evan Davis that involved Chris Mullin, Tim Richardson and George Plumptre.
The afternoon involved Deboroh Orr and Alys Fowler,
These are only the talks I went on, there were lots of other things going on as well and many other speakers. What I like about the festival is the ability to dip in and out and to discover things along the way.
The gardens at Hatfield took me two sessions to get around. I started out on the Saturday between talks and then had to go back on the Sunday to complete my journey. It is a very grand and also very beautiful place.
But nothing, nothing prepared me for this next view. I was wandering up to the one of the entrances to the house. I could hear running water and so realised that I would turn the corner to see a water feature. I expected Neptune, I expected horses and fish spouting water, I expected something huge and grand and befitting a house like this.
Now I am thinking about next year and hoping that this event will happen again. I treasure the space it gives me to stop and think. I came away with a list of must-buy books, so many that I am having to step how many I buy over a few months. The first batch have arrived already so I am expecting the dark autumn and winter evenings will involve a lot of reading. I will post separately about the book buying; some are books written by the speakers but others were referenced by speakers and I had to investigate.