Professor Roly Sussex
Reflecting on your outstanding Festival, it strikes me that you have got several things very much right. First, the size. I am sure there is a critical mass below which festivals like this won’t work. But I suspect there is also an upper limit, which has been exceeded by literary festivals in the capital cities, beyond which it is difficult to get the conversations going, both between presenters, and between presenters and guests, and between guests. The thing is simply too big.
The second factor is the relaxed atmosphere and the format which allows people to mix and mingle. Lots of discussion and interchange rather than lectures. And the very welcoming approach of the many people from your community who attended. And your superlative hospitality, in all respects.
Third, the organisation was very expert. Lots of helpers with orange scarves, who knew exactly what was happening and how to help. Superior coffee.
Thank you for a great experience.