Photos from a very enjoyable event in the Literary Salon at the Latitude Festival, a presentation and lively debate about the future of the book, with special guest Bill Thompson. It was a wonderful festival altogether. I enjoyed Regina Spektor, Doves, Thom Yorke, Blake Morrison, Aoife Mannix, Daljit Nagra, Grace Jones, Squeeze, Bishi, the Rumble Strips (a great name for a band), Airborn Toxic Event (lit cred but hard to remember)... and ended up catching Jarvis Cocker and beat boxer Shlomo doing an amazing version of Purple Haze at a presentation about the Cape Farewell project that takes artists and scientists to the Arctic.
The debate format for if:book worked really well. Toni sent files of recent work in varous formats, and they played just fine, but showing new media work in this setting is tricky. All the technology worked.. but it's hard to watch a plasma screen in bright sunshine. I brought along a suitcase full of books, laptop, itouch, eReader etc. and want to develop a box of tricks to carry about at such events in future involving more performance of work.