Elf Fantasy Fair 2008

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Thomas Olde Heuvelt signing his book

Picking up Inkie1010 by bike just before 8.30 am to go to the Elf Fantasy Fair at castle De Haar. It was my second fair, but the first one was in 2002 so was very curious how much had changed. We did some food shopping at the trainstation so we would survive the day ;) When we switched trains in Utrecht we saw more people going to the fair. Most of them where easy to recognise since they were dressed up. That was one of the big differences with six years ago a lot more people where dressed up, there were also a lot more people then six years ago and there was a lot more to see compared to six years ago.

For us the main attraction was the fantasy writer Robin Hobb, who was going to sign books.

Robin Hobb
We both directly bought a new book of her when we arrived at the fair. Then there was also a young dutch fantasyhorror writer Thomas Olde Heuvelt who was signing his new book that came out that day. We both bought the book and let him sign it, so being at the fair for about 30 min we had already bought two books each :) Before Robin Hobb was going to sign books she gave a lecture, we didn't stay for the whole lecture because we wanted to be in the front of the row for the signing. After she signed our books we walked around a little to see some stands and ate our lunch.

Just after we had lunch there was a lecture by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, this was also the presentation of his new book. After the lecture we looked at more stands that where in the  park surrounding the castle.

Then there was a writersforum with Robin Hobb, Thomas Olde Heuvelt and two other writers. The forum was about the fantasy books and movies made of fantasy books. It was very interesting to hear the opinions of the writers. But they had better done the forum with only three of the writers because the fourth gave very strange answers that had nothing to do with the questions. After the forum we checked the rest of the stands we hadn't seen yet and saw an unicorne ;)

Then we went to the last lecture which was also by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, he told what to do when you want to be a writer and he told about his experiences. Before this lecture we saw the last few minutes of a lecture by Shane Rangi, he was very funny. Then our day was almost over, we went to a demonstration with movieanimals, all of them birds. And then we went back to the entrances where the busses where leaving back to the train station.

Compared to six years ago there was a lot more to see and there where a lot more people there. I tought it was a bit to crowded sometimes, but when there are good writers next year I will go again.

liekevo says:
Yes, the fact that it takes place around the castle really adds to the athmosphere :)
Posted on: Apr 26, 2008
ms_travelr says:
Just the fact that the fair was held in a real castle must have felt like you were actually stepping into a story. That's why I love living in Europe.
Posted on: Apr 26, 2008
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