On Wednesday 6th June, a lecture theatre at Newcastle University hosted our final degree show, an event celebrating the writing we’ve done during the programme.
Having helped organise the event, I was nervous in the build-up; I wanted everything to go well, and spent a lo time running back and forth making sure everyone was feeling okay and that preparations were running smoothly.
So when it came time for me to read an excerpt from my story The Body That Washed Ashore I didn’t have time to dwell on the nerves. This was my first time reading my work in front of an audience (around 40 people turned up for the event, a great achievement)
This is me, mid-sentence. (That is not a giant bottle of Pepsi, it’s just closer to the camera than me.)
All in all, the night was incredible. It was such a buzz, and a massive learning experience. Part of being an author is doing these readings, and I have to get used to it. As long as I enjoy the rest as much as I enjoyed this, I am in for a very enjoyable career.