Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can now get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved in your Spotify library.
This week it’s a chat with Claire Mabey one of the directors of the Verb Festival (Litcrawl) and many other literary events. Claire is also a writer, reader, book reviewer – all-around champion of literature and events that connect the writers and readers in this world. She’s actually twice been on the podcast previously (episode 86 and episode 139) in both cases (2017 and 2018) the podcasts featured Claire and partner Andrew Laking and were dedicated primarily to previewing that year’s Litcrawl events. But I’ve included them here if anyone does want to hear them; episode 86 does include some of Claire’s backstory – in publishing, living overseas and moving into event planning and management.
But this year I was keen to talk to Claire about not only the upcoming Verb Festival (with its Litcrawl component) but also the impacts of Covid-19 on planning. Lockdown and restrictions have not been easy for anyone but I wanted to spare a thought for someone involved in planning events for a living. How did Claire and her small team – and the community they built with Verb – make it through 2020? Well, you’ll hear a bit about that here. You’ll also get plenty of great book recommendations and there was a lot of political chat at the end of this conversation. Which I’ve decided to leave in.
Always enjoy catching up with Claire – we often bump into each other in the RNZ studios or corridor and at various events around town. Really loved this conversation. And hope you do too.
This is episode 236 of Sweetman Podcast – my conversation with Claire Mabey.