On Wednesday I drove to Cheltenham and spent the day at the annual Literature Festival. It was a bit like the Glastonbury Festival except everyone was over 30, there was no mud and the attraction was books instead of music.
It was a great day for star spotting and I saw Terry Wogan, Fern Britton and Penelope Keith. I also had the pleasure of chatting with Radio 6Music DJ and podcaster Andrew Collins - what a top bloke!
I attended two of the events - one on miltary history (by Max Hastings, Mark Urban and Sir Michael Howard) and another on Nancy Mitford (by Lisa Hilton, Kate Williams and Stella Tillyard). Very different subjects but both absolutely fascinating and as a result of the inspirational speakers I ended up purchasing several new books which will be good to read on my imminent trip to the USA. I tried to get a photo with Max but I don't think he was very keen - see what you think from the picture below!