Mindfield (The literary and reading section) was duller, apart from a couple of exceptions, lacking the oomph of previous years, minus a few familiar faces or even some new ones I thought should/could/might have made an appearance. Perhaps the new management are pitching the festival more towards the music/younger end of the market - the selling out of 35,000 tickets would indicate a commercial success. If Mindfield continues to shed dynamic in terms of variety and calibre of writers/performers, they will lose at least ONE punter - and that should really worry the management-(as the younger generation would say) LOL.
Inch by inch I got there - thirteen thousand extra punters does make a difference to the journey.
On the way to the main arena, red umbrellas instead of red carpet.
A question to SC - "Have you had any reaction to Love/Hate from the criminal world?" SC shifted around on his seat and after at least 20 seconds averting his eyes told the spellbound audience he had indeed got 'enquiries' as to whether he had inside information, so accurate was his portrayal in Love/Hate of a particular crime.
Musical highlights were English band and performers of the classic "Five years Time": Noah and the Whale
As before the weather obliged - blue skies, thankfully, most of the time.
The weekend was overseen by the loftiest and most influential participant of all.