What’s missing?

I have been dreaming events. Book events. Real ones. Except if they are dreams they are not quite as real as I’d like them to be.

Yes, I know I ‘attended’ an event just two days ago, but Kazuo Ishiguro was online. It is nice, and I obviously don’t have to sit too close to anyone else and all that. No trains to catch after, and I can eat my dinner should I feel like it.

But even an unsociable witch is beginning to feel there are some things she just misses. Events. The people and the books in them. Exotic venues. The fact that someone always says something really funny or does something really crazy, and then I can write about that.

They seem so real, too. Daniel Hahn’s been, and Moira Mcpartlin was involved in one. The biggest and best was when ‘the David Fickling team’ arrived halfway through and pushed their way in, the way the really important people do in films.

Anyway, you can see how my mind works.

(In one of our private pub quizzes at Bookwitch Towers the name of David Jason came up. Daughter asked ‘who is he?’ All I could say was ‘actor, and we were at the same party once’.)

But I’ve not been dreaming celebrities; just the nice, normal people I miss. And Kirkland Ciccone.

7 responses to “What’s missing?

  1. That David Fickling team, eh? Shocking. If I was involved please accept apologies, but I am very much one of the back stage members, so likely not. But I know what you mean about events and places, even if I don’t generally go to many am starting to miss people and other views! It will change. Here’s to it!

  2. Yes, I miss book events and museum lectures. Even although both still happen online it is just not the same. I am hanging on waiting for the days when it will be normal again.

  3. The photo at the top is from a book launch on a houseboat in Chelsea. I’d like you to believe I am often in places like that, but I’m not.

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