The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival starts today, unless I’m very wrong. I’m not going to be there. Some other year, perhaps.
What I find interesting is seeing Andy McNab on the list of attending writers.
Nearly two years ago he came to Simply Books, and I didn’t see him. We were having to economise at the time, so when they advertised a surprise (“secret, but you won’t be disappointed”) event, I asked whether the surprise was of interest for me. They thought not. It was all very hush hush, and absolutely no cameras or mobile phones.
Daughter was invited through school, so she went, mobileless, and all. She found Andy interesting, and I think I would have, too, so I wished I’d gone. The idea with the secrecy was that he mustn’t be identified, and even appearing in a photo with his back to the camera wasn’t allowed, really.
So, was it a stupid gimmick? Or will he be wearing a balaclava in Harrogate?