‘Just the Author’s Type’ at EdBookFest: Instalment #3

Good day all, and welcome to another instalment of ‘Just the Author’s Type’. This is the feature where I present the highlights of that which is typed on a 1952 Hermes 2000 typewriter, which is housed in the author’s yurt at EdBookFest. The sharp-eyed will have noticed that for No.3 I’ve changed ‘day’ to ‘instalment’ in the title. This is simply because I’m handed these typewritten sheets randomly, and it’s difficult for me to keep up with what is typed on which days. This way is less confusing I think. Anyway, enough rambling and on with the show:

First off, what can I say? As long as I live I will be able to bore every single person I ever meet, with my tale about Joyce Carol Oates using my typewriter :). Of course, this is not to say that I’m not delighted with every contribution that I’ve received from authors so far, it’s just Ms. Oates is a huge inspiration to me, and on a personal level it’s something very special.

Anyway, Oates was apparently very impressed with the condition of this typewriter, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful machine – Swiss engineered, and built to last. In fact, so beautiful is this typewriter that I’ve had a few authors feed back to me that they now yearn to buy (dig out) their own typewriter. This makes me fit to burst, because it’s such a pleasure to share typewriter love with those who really appreciate it.


I just love Jo Steffan’s contribution. It’s clear that she has an appreciation of typewriters, and that she adores using them. And I bet her Underwood back in Canada is just as beautiful.


Profound verse from someone with supreme neatness. I only wish I knew who’d typed this, but I fear that they will forever be known as ANON.


I’m not sure if I’ve attributed this correctly, but the way it’s been typed it looks like the author of this sage piece of advice is ‘Creme 7I’. I don’t even know who Creme 7I is. A Google search comes back with Revitol Scar Removal Cream, but I’m guessing that’s not correct 🙂


I’m guessing Kitty loves typewriters too. I wish I could type this well, and I’m four decades older than Kitty.

That’s it for today folks. Thanks to all who contributed. If you’re an author at EdBookFest and you have a minute to spare, then please pop into the author’s yurt and type out a word or two on the typewriter that lives there. I guarantee that you’ll enjoy the experience, whether it’s one of nostalgia or of something completely new.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. That poem is wonderful, worth the effort of bringing the typewriter to the festival all by itself!

  2. stujallen (Twitter: stujallen)

    what a great idea this is Rob ,all the best stu