On being a writer...

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hooray for Readers

To the lovely Guildford Book Festival Readers' Day yesterday. Lovely for so many reasons.  This day is dedicated to readers.  Writers are invited to meet readers who have read their books for a group discussion, and then there are questions and answers about books writer' have enjoyed and the reading and writing experience in general.

One of the nicest possible compliments was paid me yesterday (I say this not to brag (well, a bit), but to make a point about the reader writer relationship).  A reader made a point of telling me that she had wanted to meet me, and was pleased that she was not disappointed.  I think she meant that she had enjoyed my writing and hoped I wouldn't prove to be cold or self-obsessed or tedious.

So much is written now about whether writers should blog and tweet, should read Amazon reviews, should connect with readers.  It's said that the idea of the writer sitting in her ivory tower, churning out deathless prose, is all gone, as if that's a sorrow.  But was that image ever true?  Haven't writers always wanted to be read?  I don't spend two years writing a book in order to see it float away on some nebulous cloud of literary  output.  I write it because it's a story I want to tell, and it matters to me that I share it.  Just as when I read or hear a good story, I want to share that too.

So thank you for readers' days, and readers' groups, and magazines and blogs and web-sites that cater for readers, and libraries and book shops and everyone who promotes the reading experience.


  1. Hi Katharine,

    What a lovely post! It is wonderful for readers to be able to connect with favourite writers.
    I was lucky enough to meet you at Waterstones in Watford a few years ago. It was a brilliant event and I remember it fondly. I love your books.

    Best wishes,


    1. Lovely to know that you're casting an eye over the blog from time to time. And thank you for coming to the Waterstones' event. Even reading this response has cheered up a dreary Monday afternoon

  2. Hello Katharine! I think this is a great opportunity for readers to meet writers in person. It makes the whole experience of following an author so much more personal.