Yesterday I was fortunate to spend the day at Mumsnet Blogfest. It was lovely to catch up with some great friends and attend some amazing sessions. These are some of the things I learnt….
1) That some MPs are not stuffy old posh men. Loved Stella Creasy – down to earth, talks a lot of sense, and has a way with swear words. I hope she found a kick arse ball gown on the way home.
2) That Tim Dowling is very handsome in the flesh, and didn’t mind too much when I publicly declared that I read his column naked.
3) That women are both funny, and can make a living at it. Great stuff from Viv Groskop, Andrea Mann and of course a brilliant close to the day from Jo Brand.
4) That I want to be like A.L. Kennedy and Lionel Shiver. The writers session was my highlight in an all round brilliant day. The whole panel was awesome – very funny, very clever, and utterly inspiring. Though I am not sure anything I write will change your soul, but it may occasionally improve a rainy bus journey.
5) That feminists can’t make jam. I hope we can eat jam, because there was a rather tasty looking jar in the goodie bag. (BTW I think feminists can do what the hell they like, surely freedom of choice is one of the fundamentals of equality, but love how that debate got everybody talking about feminism and what it means for them.)
6) That I get lost a lot in hotels and big conference buildings. Kept sailing past the floor I wanted to be on via escalators, while grasping hopefully in the direction of cocktails. I did get there in the end, thanks for the booze Mark Warner.
7) That I am still a bit disorganised. I did manage to bring a pen and paper. A notebook with a robot on that I found in the teenagers room, and a pen that came in a charity envelope. I dropped the pen into the toilet. Before flushing. I didn’t reclaim it.
8) That bloggers are just as funny, clever and inspirational in real life as they are on the computer screen.
Thank you to the Mumsnet Bloggers team for inviting me along, it was a thought provoking and uplifting day, now to try and put some of it into practice….