A selection of comments from those attending:
Marit Borkenhagen, Norwegian Festival of Literature, Lillehammer, Norway
To see the festival and take part in the conference and meet all the wonderful colleagues was just amazing! Looking forward to collaborating world-wide in the future!
Anne O’Brien, Auckland Writers Festival, New Zealand
On all counts it has been a wonderful experience and I’m very grateful for your energy, vision, generosity and kindness.
Janet DeNeefe, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali
Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful forum!
It was so incredibly generous of you and far exceeded my expectations.
Leslie Hurtig, The Vancouver Writers Festival, Canada
I am especially grateful to you for providing us with an opportunity to meet our peers, to discuss common issues and solutions, and to share our passion for books and ideas.
Lola Shoneyin, AKE Arts and Book Festival, Nigeria
The conference of festival organisers was an absolute triumph. I think you have created something wonderful
Nicola Tuxworth, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, UK
What a fabulous experience you organised for us all. I felt so happy being amongst all the other people across the world who do the same mad job as me (us!). I made some wonderful connections
Carolyn Greer, Brooklyn Book Festival, USA
We had a stimulating and wonderful time in Dubai. The conference of Festival directors was informative and it was cool to become connected with these people.
Narisa Chakrabongse, BangKokEdge, Thailand
Thank you for all your hard work in making the Literary Festival Directors Conference so interesting and successful. As a relative new girl on the literary festival block, it was great to meet which such a diverse and talented group of people and to hear and share ideas.
I am sure some very positive collaborations will come out of the meeting.
Edwina Johnson, Byron Writers Festival, Australia
The gathering you created was beyond extraordinary and I cannot thank you enough for the enriching experience I had. To meet such a warm, bright, generous big-hearted group of like-minded people from every corner of the globe was truly brilliant.
Cristina Fuentes La Roche, Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, UK
Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of the Festival Directors Conference - it was really interesting, very well organised and we were very well looked after.
Kristine Terp Jensen, Louisiana Literature Festival, Denmark
We were so impressed by both your program for the conference and the festival sessions we were able to take part in. All very inspiring and in such a welcoming, engaging and professional spirit. We felt very privileged to be a part of it
Clare Mackintosh, Chipping Norton Literary Festival, UK
I was so impressed by the initiative, and by the quality of the conference content. I love the idea of an ongoing network