Do you ever feel maybe you should keep your mouth shut? Not get involved, take a back seat and observe from afar. Then - whoops! - before you know it you’re all excited, your mouth is open and you’re volunteering to take part, often before you are fully aware of what’s involved. Well that’s how it started (again) so we are off on a journey, not just me this time... I’m taking the majority of the Mobile Library Reading Group (only valid excuses for non-attendance were accepted) with me and I’d like you to share the adventure.
From mundane form filling, travel bookings, the books we will be reading and reviewing before the event and even the sandwiches packed for the journey you will read it here as it happens! Oh I forgot to say, we are shadowing the “The Independent Prize for Foreign Fiction 2013” reading and reviewing two of the short-listed titles and then attending a Readers Day at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon Road, London on Saturday 18 May.
It's part of a pilot project in conjunction with the Booktrust and the Reading Agency engaging people (like us!) in world fiction. We have a chance to vote for our favourite title, be part of author translator discussions and hear a talk from author Elif Shafak. There is also an opportunity for the group to attend the Prize Award Ceremony (but I haven’t mentioned that to the group yet, shhh...)
So that’s it, we are up and running with 8 out of 12 members signed up. The support and encouragement from the reading group members and my manager Helen (who has put up with my constant twittering about trains, planes and automobiles etc) has been great. At one point I did think I’d be on my own, and panic was setting in as I’m useless at finding my way around familiar places let alone London! Travel plans are under way - thankfully we have up to £300 for traveling expenses which is a huge bonus and added incentive. The train seems the best option, and then getting the tube to Farringdon. I still need to decide on Euston or Marylebone though.... what’s best?? Decisions decisions!