If you’re planning on going though, you need to think about getting your tickets, because some are sold out already. The festival is growing every year and I think this could have something to do with the way previous attendee’s use social media to rave about it. I have certainly seen it grow and this will only be my third year there.
This year though, I’m less excited about going to see the panels and talks and more excited about meeting friends and immersing myself once again in the crime writing world. There really is nothing like being with writers who really love the genre you write in. You all just “get” it. It doesn’t need to be explained – or in some cases, excused. There is a buzz and excitement and I always come away feeling glad to be a crime writer.
Saying that though, one of the panels that I am looking forward to is the Social Media: Who Are You? panel. Below is what the panel is about and I’ve copied directly from the Festival website –
“Do you dream in hashtags? According to the government’s Chief Scientist, the web is redefining human identity, changing people’s views of who they are and their place in the world. It’s an addictive but questionable force. So how do authors navigate these virtual choppy waters? Are they just procrastinating on Twitter? And what becomes of fragile egos in the hands of ruthless online avatars? Explore the fine line between social media success and social media suicide with authors Ruth Dudley-Edwards, Erin Kelly, Steve Mosby and Sarah Pinborough. Giving them a #FF in this perfect ‘Follow Friday’ event is chair Mark Billingham. Join the conversation online live at #TOPCRIME2013″
This panel is 2pm on Friday 20th July if you want to join in on Twitter!
I was present at last years exciting panel on the ebook debate which sparked the still ongoing sockpuppet drama. I posted about that, here. I’m not expecting anything of that level this year, but it’s still going to be a ball and I can’t wait!
Do you attend writing or book festivals? What do you love about them? If not, which festival is your dream one?