On Saturday 29th September I have the great good fortune to be going to Greece with some of my nearest & dearest. My darling husband will use the time to indulge in non-stop sailing, wind-surfing and other wet & active things. I will not.
I will join in some sort of keep-fit and swim and snorkel, but mostly I shall READ.
Now when I went to University, we had Reading Weeks. Now that was a long time ago – rooms in Halls of Residence didn’t have en-suites, shared kitchens were not visited by any form of cleaner and ‘wireless’ meant the radio. I don’t know if Reading Weeks set aside for personal study still exist.
But what a splendid opportunity if they do. I intend to make the best of mine.
My reasons for reading
- to refill my well of creativity – it works like a dowser’s charm: ideas bubble up out of depths I thought were as dry as a camel’s eyebrows
- to suss out the competition – well really to get the feel of contemporary children’s fiction – and decide where I stand
- to escape my own head – it’s so good to take a trip into somebody else’s imagination, to wander places I would never have thought of
- to peek behind the scenes – to admire how they do it and pilfer any good ways of showing character, developing suspense, using structure…
- to support my friends and colleagues – if I read with my full attention I can help if I am asked, and any sale is a good sale1
So – what would you do on a Reading Week – and why?