Gavin-MortimerWhat are you most looking forward to at EAFOL16?

After four months of the northern European winter – the sun!

Why do you think literary festivals are important?

Because in this technological age it’s harder and harder for books to be noticed – particularly by the young. TV and video games dominate yet books will always be the most profound form of story-telling. Literary festivals connect the story-tellers with their readers in a way that is impossible in other art forms

Can you share one line from a book or poem that has stayed with you for the longest time?

But the man who can meet despair and defeat

With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing

The man who can fight to heaven’s own height

Is the man who can fight when he’s losing

Carry On! by Robert W Service

You have to make a book tower of at least 5 books for your nightstand. Which ones would you choose?

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

The Anatomy of Courage, by Lord Moran

The Magic Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton

The Magus by John Fowles

East of Eden by John Steinbeck