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Cheltenham Literature Festival: The Inner Sanctum

Written by jen, 5th October 2007

In the first of her reports from the Cheltenham Literature Festival Jen Tomkins picks up her press pack and gets to eat cake:

In the four hours that I have been at the festival, the crowds have begun to swarm to the main hub around Imperial Square. Luckily for me, I have access to the Writer's Room, an inner sanctum of calm and quietude. Yet gaining my press pass wasn't quite an easy as it could have been: I was shimmied from the box office to the information point to the press office to the Writer's Room, no one could find my press pack. Eventually the (slightly ineffective) walky-talky operating system that is in operation behind the scenes of the festival located the person, my pack was discovered and here I am, writing away in the Writer's Room: a beautifully decorated Georgian room, full of large white sofas, glass tables and the literary folk of Cheltenham (and a collection of frantic journalists and festival organisers) . It is here that I am hoping to ask some of the festival guests a few questions. I just need to pluck up the courage. I am sure that the delicious selection of cakes, fresh coffee and waiter service may help the situation. Let's just hope I don't spill coffee over any of the VIPs.

Posted by Jen Tomkins

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