A happy and productive band of people spent the morning of 2nd April stuffing envelopes with the latest Havant Arts Centre brochures and newsletters, but more importantly an invitation to join the Havant Literary Festival Society.
For our reward, Red Mango Cafe supplied a very delicious buffet lunch.
For Steve Mason and myself, it was a good opportunity to catch up on what we had discovered about wordpress and plan how we might incorporate the various strands of web work already done, including last year’s Festival site which was designed and maintained by Ellie Dawes, the daughter of Tim Dawes from the Nineveh Gallery.
The possibility of registering a domain name to tie everything together was aired, and the technical advantages and disadvantages discussed. The topic will be passed on to the Festival Committee.
Steve is also planning to take some photos around Havant and has done a very nice drawing featuring a scroll or parchment and a gloved hand with a quill pen. Together with images and colouring representing the themes of the Festival – Crime, Water and Pathways, we hope to use this image or elements of it to make it easy for visitors to the website and the blog to find topics and events for the different themes more easily.
The aim of the website and blog is to bring the whole Festival experience to the wider world, but principally to attract more visitors to individual events. Post-event, visitors will find reviews and links related to the event, and where relevant, the authors, musicians or speakers.
What we are aiming for at present, is to get the message out to everyone in the area that the Festival run-up has already started with some fund-raising events. A lecture series is under way at Nineveh, Havant and a very successful Ceilidh featuring the band Feckless at St Faiths Church Hall was held on April 25th.