It was an amazing evening. I was overjoyed to not only win a copy of 'Finkler' on the night but get it signed by and have a (slightly over-awed on my part) chat with Howard.
It would seem a difficult act to follow, and was talking to Tim (Rich) about possible contenders. Tim thinks maybe we should 'go back to our roots' and get a 'name' from the business world to talk about words. I'd love David Bowie, but realise this is somewhat unrealistic. However, what about approaching Ray Davies of the Kinks? I believe we have some links with him, and I'd be fascinated to hear about his brilliant three-minute stories.
What's everyone thinking out there?
I'm not sure who was funnier, Howard Jacobson or Martin Clarkson. Perhaps as Howard Jacobson suggested, they should form a double act? But either way, the event was in true 26 spirit: inspiring, thought-provoking and at the same time, thoroughly-enjoyable.
I shall be back in January for some blue string pudding.
I thought this year's annual speech by Howard Jacobson was the best so far, an inspiration for writers of every kind. We nearly filled the British Library, our chairman Martin Clarkson showed great interviewing skills and a lovely sense of humour. And it was great to see so many 26 members (and prospective members) there. Thanks to everyone who came, I hope you had a good evening. Thanks to Martin Clarkson and Ezri Carlebach, in particular.
And, for next year? Any ideas for speakers to top Howard Jacobson? If so, let us know, and how we can reach him or her.
And, just as importantly, if any of you want to get involved in the organisation of the event next year, let us know. You'll be welcomed.