NOV 00] COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE PROMOTIONS REVIEW: WRITERS AT
Misty-eyed Memories Of Coventry
and aahs filled the air as three very different authors shared
memories of Coventry they all know and love last night.
was a bond between Pete Waterman, Georgie Hale and Rosalind Miles
that hasn’t always been shared at the Writers At The Hall event.
they are all from different background, and have lived very
different lives they all were proud of their association with the
you could tell that they were all thrilled to be taking the top
table in St Mary’s Guildhall.
felt like you could be watching a school reunion – and the stodgy
jam roly-poly served as dessert helped reinforce that impression.
all spoke of their books - confident, dynamic Waterman first, who
delighted people with his memories of the city and slipped in a few
decent stories about his life at the centre of all things poptastic.
a more nervous Georige Hale (below right). Making her first appearance at
an event like this, the Styvechale writer is enjoying the unexpected
flash of celebrity following the publication of her debut novel
spoke movingly about how her life in and out of different jobs
before becoming a full-time carer for her mother led her into
writing, and how she got her unexpected breakthrough last year.
she offered advice for any would-be writer hoping to get a
you want it enough, stick with it. Be thick-skinned, but you
don’t have to be part of this perceived magic inner circle that
most of us in the provinces think exists in London.”
Miles (right) is very enthusiastic about her latest subject – Lady
Guenevere, and passed up on the opportunity to talk about her own
career to talk about King Arthur’s famous other half.
enthusiastic was she that she actually leapt out or her set with
excitement at being asked a question – I thought people only did
that in novels.
is obviously very keen on her work – so much so that her talk
drifted somewhat beyond the allotted 15 minutes as she tried to
condense a trilogy into a mini-lecture.
the difficulty and the pleasure of the format – the writers are
all different and it would be unlikely that anyone in the audience
would be interested in all three.
the event shows that Coventry does have some kind of cultural life,
even if two-thirds of the guests no longer live here, and as long as
they don’t run out of authors with links to the city, long may it
[16 NOV 00] WATERMAN
NOSTALGIC ABOUT COVENTRY THEATRE