So, you’re at EdBookFest with a typewriter. What do you with it? You try to get it into the author’s yurt of course (EdBookFest’s equivalent of the ’green room’), in the hope that passing authors will be so suitably impressed by its presence that they’ll use it to outpour something of their creative genius.
This was the idea I come up with anyway, but I abandoned it almost immediately because I didn’t want to come across as some kind of nostalgic nut job. Thankfully, EdBookFest photographer Chris Donia didn’t think that it was a crazy idea at all. In fact he thought the idea was a splendid one, so splendid in fact that he set off to speak to they that can say yay. They that can say yay thought it was a splendid idea too, and so now the dream becomes a reality.
That’s right folks, thanks completely to Mr. Donia’s efforts (I’m indebted to him), a typewriter – a Hermes 2000, the same typewriter favoured by Sylvia Plath – is now living in the author’s yurt for the remainder of the book festival. Passing authors are invited to use it to record random thoughts, passing comments, lines of prose etc, and each evening I will collect the typed-out writerly creations and present them online.
Now, my brain is obviously working overtime here and I’m expecting to find reams of creative genius left by the likes of Ian Rankin, Joyce Carol Oates, Will Self etc, but actually, who knows? This project could work out brilliantly, but it could also flop spectacularly. The only way of finding out is to run with it and so that’s what I’m doing. Drop in the next time you’re passing, to see how it’s working out.