Thinking Thursday: How Not to Run a Festival

Thinking Thursday is usually thought-provoking things and often about my faith. But in view of recent events (see previous post about the Kidwell-e Festival), and the huge interest it has generated (including BBC News), I have been thinking a lot about literary festivals. I have no experience, but just based on the Kidwell-e non-festival, here is some rather obvious advice for Julian Ruck.

How to organise an ebook festival:

  • Pick a location easy to get to, where there will be passing footfall – people who may be enticed in on impulse.
  • Pick a date that doesn’t clash with other big events (like Caerphilly Big Cheese Festival (free) and the Olympics).
  • Put up banners outside and on the approach to advertise the festival and its location.
  • Have people inside the venue to welcome people and show them where the events and facilities are.
  • Make sure there is adequate signage visible from the entrance so people can find where to go.
  • Don’t locate the speaking venues too far apart.
  • Have someone on duty in each venue to look after the speaker and audience in case anything is needed.
  • Make sure there are plenty of refreshments available, with a choice.

No need to thank me, Julian.


About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at
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2 Responses to Thinking Thursday: How Not to Run a Festival

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