EAFOL16 Blog Full Houses and Favourite Authors


Official EAFOL16 blogger Asma Merchant enjoys the variety of the Festival and meets her favourite author

Fitting it all in
Asma Hilal Lootah, Joe Wicks and David Allen

I love the buzz at the festival and especially seeing so many book lovers in one place all getting to see their favourite authors or, indeed, finding their new favourites!

I had such a varied day at the Festival on Friday. Starting with The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, who is a social media sensation, to Jacqueline Wilson, who had a full house filled with children to listen to her talk about her books set in the Victorian era. I love that the Festival has roped in Novo Cinemas as an additional venue which is where these two sessions were held.

Hopped on to a bus and got back to the InterContinental Hotel, Event Centre to see Anthony Horowitz talk about his new Bond book, Trigger Mortis. He has a huge children fan following too, for his Alex Rider series.

From the individual talks to the panel discussions. I attended three on various topics from getting your book published to fitting it all in to the antihero. A wide variety of authors and experiences.

Met my favourite author and went ballistic. David Allen, the writer of the Getting Things Done books, is here for the festival and I am a huge fan of his work. That’s what I love about the Festival. It brings readers close to their inspiration.