Anne Enright is brilliant. Her books are well worth reading, but more importantly for this week, she is engaging in person. Her reading today at the festival focused on her newest novel The Forgotten Waltz. She spoke passionately and intelligently about the Irish economy, Irish morals and the state of marriage. If this is the example of what authors have to offer at the festival, I am in for a fantastic week!!
There is an energy here that is hard to describe. Walking into Charlotte Square where the Book Festival takes place is like being transported to a world of thoughts and words conveyed through writing. It's intimate and international, crowded yet personal. As you can surmise, it's hard to explain. I'll try to do better as the week goes on.