If a writer is any good at all at writing, his writing will express whatever it is he wants to express. What is to be gained from going and listening to him? Is he actually a writer or just an idle chatterer, eager for adulation? Has anything ever been said in one of these forums that was more profound than what is contained in the books of the various participants encouraged to expose themselves to the public gaze?
I’ve never been to a writer’s festival. Lately, I’ve been too busy reading and writing to think much about it. After reading this, I’ll even think less about it.