I'll be honeymooning in Dublin with Mr. Counterbalance starting October 1st. We had planned to travel around Ireland by car (we've been told, repeatedly, that this is the only way to see the country properly) and eventually make our way (by plane or ferry or another as yet to be determined mode of transport) to Edinburgh, Scotland sometime around the second week of October. We have a Glasgow trip in mind. A little sojourn to Troon. Then there's Mr. Counterbalance's much-anticipated visit to the National Scottish Football Museum. All good Scottish fun.
The Cheltenham Literature Festival, which begins (October 5th) and ends (October 14th) during our honeymoon, has me wondering if we shouldn't just skip dear old Scotland and make our way to England to take part in the fun. The line-up is incredible and it pains me to know I'll be oh so close to the action, but won't be able to partake.
A quick scan of the 10-day festival (that's right: ten. days. sort of puts our 2-day book festival to shame, no?) reveals all sorts of interesting match-ups, discussions, and panels that simply scream "ditch the honeymoon plans":
- Michael Ondaatje
- Yann Martel
- Germaine Greer
- Douglas Coupland
- Alain de Boton
- Hari Kunzru
- Jon McGregor
- Julia Blackburn
- Hermoine Lee
- Ian McEwan
- Ian Banks
- Roddy Doyle
- Jeanette Winterson
- Jonathan Coe & Blake Morrison discuss their work
- Martin Amis & Zachary Leader discuss Leader's book on Kingsley Amis
- Tracy Chevalier, Michael Phillips & Michael Rosen discuss William Blake
- Sarah Dunant, Michele Roberts & Helen Taylor discuss Daphne du Maurier
- Hugh Thompson, Ruth Padel, Katie Hickman & Miranda France discuss Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The battle for Her Majesty's next Poet Laureate might make for a good time as well
- Also - I was strangely hooked on the Ewan McGregor/Charley Boorman motorcycle tripping Long Way Round and so would be quite interested in hearing about their latest travels through South Africa
- I would also very much like to see Margaret
Atwood, but she's doing the video thing again and will only be live via
video-link from Canada. Hardly worth re-routing the honeymoon for, eh?
Hmm...how to make it to England without Mr. Counterbalance noticing the detour? A ferry from Cork perhaps...