Crime Authors Panel
It was the first time I've ever done this kind of thing and to be honest I was also a little out of my comfort zone as I know very little about the crime genre. But in the end it turned about to be a lot of fun and great to chat in the bar beforehand to authors with a few ( okay a lot ) more years experience than me.
And the library did a great job with a stage erected in the heart of the library and leather chairs - the only thing missing being QI style buzzers - that would have been good - So Mark's buzzer goes like this ( police siren ) - Martyn ( frenzied knife attack sound ) and Dan ( sound of a scream. ) Even the music they piped through before and after was good - was it Talking Heads? - can't remember but they did it with style.
And as well as being entertaining it was all very normal as well - like listening into three guys chatting about football. And the benefit of being major stars in the literary world being I guess that you still get yourself to the gig and fight with traffic and directions, you still suggest to the others that you go for a curry afterwards - you are in short able to remain fairly normal.