As promised a little something on the lecture by Ian McEwan Michel and I went to last week (seven days ago already... where did they all go?!).
It was a bit of a hassle to actually get us there (embarrassingly late of course), but we were both so glad that we went.
Since the state of my brains is a bit of a theme for me right now, it felt so good to be in a grown-up, intellectual, English-spoken environment again... it was almost as if I was back at university.
Ian McEwan turned out to be a very witty, intelligent and well-spoken man. Listening to him speak was a pure joy... I have a soft spot for anyone who knows how to speak, not just talk.
He read from his latest novel On Chesil Beach and then discussed it with the interviewer and told a bit more about his writing in general. Michel -as an aspiring writer- had his ears sharpened and came away with lots of handy ideas for his own writing.
I discovered McEwan's work while I was studying. For me he immediately fell into the same category as Graham Swift, the writer I admired most at the time and on whose novels I wrote my dissertation. It was one of the rare occasions that I decided that I wanted to read everything that this writer had written. And although I made a good start, I never accomplished this task. But now, after having seen and heard him in person, I'm super motivated to get reading again and tackle his oeuvre.
Here is my little list of writers that I truly love and want to read all of:
I'm very curious whether you have a similar list?!
Now I just need to get in the reading-rhythm again... probably that's what I should be doing when I enjoy the wonderful weather outside instead of sneaking back in to sew :)
And finally, just look where my sister will be teaching next year... congratulations!!