A literary micro-festival in Salem chapel at East Budleigh this weekend, with a real cross-section of writing on offer. I went on Sunday, and listened to talks from best-seller Graham Hurley, Carnegie medal winner Mal Peet, and readings from the work of local romance writer Rosemary Ann Smith and poet John Payne. But the stars of the show were the goth twins, Cat Lynx Raven, reading from their novel 'Bleeding Empire' which was longlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize.
Why did they have such an impact? They made us laugh, they are gorgeous to look at, and they know how to perform for an audience. At the end of the day, they sold quite a few books, too. Something to ponder for all of us; doing the rounds of the festivals seems to be the way to go these days. It's a bit late to acquire an identical twin, but