The year 2018 was a good one for me and the writers/readers fest – I went to heaps of things, enjoyed them, wrote about them. Win/win/win. It was a whirlwind weekend but I was just fully on board with it – and C.K. Stead has never been one of my favourites. I get why he’s admired – and what he’s done. But he so often presents/is presented as a fucking grump.
But here he was great. Chatty. Warm. Funny. Good reflections too. Great wisdom. He and Steve Braunias had a killer-good rapport I thought.
It was a top session. I have continued on not reading any of his books – for now. But I was so close to getting into him after this.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.