‘This is the best job in the world.’ – Patrick Ness

‘This is the best job in the world.’ – Patrick Ness

So, yesterday, I spoke to 1500 teens from the Tata Stage, all of whom politely laughed at my Tata Steel joke.  Then we just talked.  That’s the thing about teens that most of us forget:  they’re just people, as interesting and funny and challenging as any of us.  The hour went by like an arrow.  A funny arrow.  With SnapChat jokes (if you’re over 25, SnapChat is an application or “app” on your mobile telephonic device).

But the rest of the experience of Hay is its own unique muddy oasis.  You see friends and famous people and even occasionally an enemy (for instance, as I’m writing this, I’m being forced to overhear the conversation of the cartoonishly posh person who took over my first publisher and ran it into the ground. Fun!)

So many people wanting to talk about books, though!  So many young ones, too!  The death of the book has been prematurely announced for a good several centuries, yet here we all still are, reading them, buying them, talking about them, dishing about them, generally letting them add joyousness to our lives.  This is the best job in the world.

 

Photo by Sam Hardwick