The first panel I attended was Writing and the Internet featuring Lee Harris, Darren Turpin and Simon Spurrier.
I found this panel quite a let-down. It was good, but it didn’t really get its teeth into the subject, and seemed to focus more on the logistics of reading internet-published fiction rather than delving into any rights issues, discussing prejudices against e-publishing, or exploring whether writing and the internet are natural partners.
Most of the panellists seemed quite ill-at-ease, too. I know that all three are very lovely people (and on the run-up, Lee had been having a particularly crappy week to top off a particularly crappy couple of months), but I felt that the panel lacked any real, solid topic of discussion, and seemed to meander without reaching a conclusion as a result.
The Q&A session proved useful to the audience, and showed that I wasn’t the only person who was looking for something a bit more in-depth. The session could’ve really benefitted from a longer Q&A session and a little less of the preamble.
There was nothing ground-breaking, but it was a good start to the day, and maybe that was its intention: a gentle beginning rather than throwing us all in at the deep end.