Slowly Opening Out

It’s been very quiet round here of late – mainly because of Lockdown 3.0, and there really hasn’t been much to do, or to report.

Thankfully, things seem to be slowly opening up again, and that’s making things look a lot more positive for the rest of the year.

Last weekend had some fun, in that the “Locked Up” crime writer’s online festival was held – organised by Luca Veste and Steve Cavanaugh (who also do the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast)  It was all done via Zoom, with a range of (roughly) hour-long sessions with various writers.  And it was thoroughly entertaining.

Even better, the entire thing was done to provide funds for The Trussell Trust, and was entirely reasonably priced at £20 for the whole thing.

I can actually see events like that being more common in the future – I think they make a lot of sense, allowing a sort-of-social event without needing to be social, and reducing costs along the way (it’s a lot easier to get people to talk for an hour from their own houses/offices, rather than having to bring them all in to a location, accommodate them etc.) while also opening it up to a larger audience, rather than limiting it just to people who can actually get to the location.

2 Comments on “Slowly Opening Out”

  1. Blue Witch says:

    I think that the success of Zoom during the pandemic has moved virtual meeting things on by 20 years.

    I’ve seen umpteen interesting speakers that I’d never have got to see otherwise… not least because I can’t stay awake for evening meetings these days, but I can watch them from bed.

  2. Lyle says:

    Yeah, same here. I’d not thought of doing the same for readings and literary festivals though, but it all worked really well.

    And totally agree, the last year has improved the perception/understanding of teleconferencing in *so* many ways

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