My journey to Cardiff last weekend had been with the intention of meeting the publishers at Fringeworks who were preparing to launch the first of the books in their Raus! Untoten! anthology series. My own story has a year to wait before it is published (Anthology No. 4) but I went with the intention of supporting the cause. Sadly, the night before, a message went out that due to difficulties in publication etc, the books were not ready and so their part in the event was cancelled. I still went though, taking my eldest 2 children with me whilst my husband (Welsh and proud) took our youngest around Cardiff Castle. Scardiff had a 16+ minimum age so we could not go as a whole family. A few more years and we'll be able to bond amongst the jars of severed hands or zombie teddies.
It was still an enjoyable event, my son was happy to wander off and talk to the various independent film makers there whilst my daughter oo'd and aahd'd over Shlottle bop, comic books and anything zombie themed. We attended a couple of panel talks before we had to leave, which we found entertaining and informative. We would have stayed longer but that was the day that storms were forecast so we left early, foregoing Bobby Rhodes guest appearance and got back over the Severn Bridge before they closed it.
One thing I realised from this convention is how important such events are in providing a platform for the independents of this country, whether they be in film, publishing or some other small business. It helps us retain our individuality in a country of bland shopping malls. Support the indies in whatever way you can!
NB. Raus! Untoten! was finally published this weekend and my copy is hopefully on its way.
A writer - I think that says it all.