Every now and then, an opportunity comes along where you just know you’ll be hilariously, totally out of your depth, but you can’t help yourself and you say yes anyway. Such an opportunity has come my way. I’ll be on a panel at Mumsnet’s prestigious Blogfest on Saturday 9 November, entitled Cracking yarns and tall tales: how to tell a better story. Now I’m not averse to the limelight, and I like to think I’m a fairly competent public speaker (all those years at drama school were not in vain), but I’ll be sharing the stage with award-winning blogger and writer Cassandra Parkin, and two other little-known scribblers called AL Kennedy and Lionel Shriver.
I’m sure you understand the blind terror with which I anticipate this event. I can only imagine I’m there to be the comic relief, or target for rotten-tomato hurling. Nevertheless, wild Tories wouldn’t keep me away, and I’ll be there on that stage, if only to learn from these three magnificent women, and from the editor of Mumsnet, Sarah Crown, who will be chairing the panel.
If you’re a blogger, or are interested in blogging, I’m told there are a few tickets left for Blogfest, which features an astonishing line-up of speakers and panellists (any conference that opens with Stella Creasy and closes with Jo Brand must be pretty sound).
Saturday 9 November 9am – 7pm
90 York Way
One monkey, one typewriter, seldom Hamlet.