Let the nevers bite the dust

CoverI’m Roberta, and I’m going to the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival this May.

Now there’s a sentence I never thought I would see in print – and it feels good! In fact, with that one sentence a whole bunch of “nevers” bite the dust: I’ve never been to a literary festival in New Zealand, never been to one anywhere in the world for that matter and, cherry on the top – I’ve never been to Auckland either.

Of course I’m euphoric. I’ve got a spring in my step and a great big smile on my mug. That said, I am waking up at 2am with sweaty palms and the words “podcast” and “blog” beating a merciless tattoo behind my terrified eyes. But together with the rest of the team we’ll be firing on all cylinders before too long.

What this means is that I have been given the chance to rediscover the joy of focused reading. Of course I read for pleasure all the time, but to resurrect the thrill of reading with a purpose is a special privilege. Next to my comfy chair, on my round table with a specially angled reading lamp, there now stands a gently leaning stack of books I must read and be able to comment on with some degree of insight by the 12th May  –  and I am in my element. The pile includes Elizabeth Gilbert’s Committed, Lionel Shriver’s So Much For That and William Dalrymple’s Nine Lives.

And yes, I have bought new stationery for those of you who must know. Really, it doesn’t get better than this!

2 thoughts on “Let the nevers bite the dust

  1. Laraine 29 April 2010 / 9:20 am

    Enjoy yourself in Auckland, Roberta. It’s not as bad as people make out. For instance, my husband calls Aucklanders, of which I’m one because I was born there, Dorklanders

    As for reading, I never get the chance except at bedtime, when I’m often far too sleepy to focus. But I’ll have the house to myself on Saturday and I intend to read for most of the day. Last time I had the luxury of reading in the day time was five years ago when I had my right leg stuck in a full cast for seven weeks. It was February and stinking hot, and being able to read at a time when I normally couldn’t was the only thing that made it bearable. Oh, a 45 cm floor fan also helped. 😉

  2. Roberta Smith 29 April 2010 / 7:56 pm

    Thanks Laraine, I am lucky to have time to read (at the moment) and I’m looking forward to Auckland too!

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