At Darwin Fringe Festival 2018 there were many visiting performers and writers organised to run workshops or talk to the audience about their work.
One was an artist from India who was the ‘mystery’ guest speaker at the Opening.
I decided to go to the Opening at the last minute and sat down near the Entrance.
There was a man taking photos of the guests as they were arriving.
He came up, sat opposite me and asked if he could take a photo of my well used diary.
I always carry my diary with me due to short term memory loss, partly caused by anxiety, and at first, I was a bit embarrassed by this.
Then we got talking about poetry and the book launch for my new edition of “Visions of a New Kind” that was featured in the festival.
He asked if he could have a copy of my book to take back with him to India as he was as he was returning to New Dehli within a week.
I said, “yes” and added cheekily, “so ..as long as you send me a photo of you reading my book on the streets of New Delhi when you get home! So imagine my surprise when I found out that he was the mystery guest speaker for an hour at the Opening!
Then, imagine my even greater surprise when I received an email with this beautiful photo of him reading my new book on the streets of Delhi!
I love this photo and hope one day to go to Delhi too, to replicate myself standing on that exact same street…
In the meantime, if there is a bookstore in Delhi that would sell my book, I would be so honoured