I've been going through the feedback that you've given: there has been an enormously positive response to the festival as a whole - people have been telling me that the Prestwich Book Festival has made our area feel like a community, where individuals really can make a difference. And that's fantastic. Others have reported how much they liked being able to interact with the writers - as well as encountering books they would never otherwise have read. A substantial number of you also experienced performance poetry for the first time, and are now poetry converts! Yay!
I've had loads of suggestions too: first, to have more childrens' events - because the Paul Cookson morning at Prestwich Library was so good. Well, we'll shortly be launching a children's book review writing contest in conjunction with Bury libraries and local schools for kids in years 6,7 and 8. It's going to run in the autumn months - more details soon.
The other suggestion that has come up a lot is to make more noise about the festival - we did what we could to market the Prestwich Book Festival this year, but there are always more ways to make people aware it's going on. I'll be thinking about how to do that too over the coming months. I also want to keep the festival going in the other eleven months of the year - so watch out for events in the mid winter months. Again, more details soon.
Finally, I'm looking for a clone! Yes, I'm looking for someone who'd like to help support and organise the festival. It's an unpaid role, suitable for someone who'd perhaps like to get some experience in arts administration. If you're interested, email me via the contact form on this site for a chat.