There were five authors on the panel: William Hussey, Sarwat Chadda, Sam Enthoven, Lee Weatherly and Cliff McNish.
Jeremy Vile was our host for the event and it took the format of a chat show. Jeremy asked the panelists questions about the choices they made in their writing when exploring the angels versus demons mythology.
I was absolutely blown away by the depth of the discussion. The authors talked about how the concept of angels has become personalised in modern society. Apparently, there is an abundance of books on angelology and now many people believe that each person has their very own angel. They discussed the fact that angels and demons appeal to us because they allow us to remove responsibility from our selves. If we always have an angel to look after us, then maybe we can take more risks with our selves. If the world is populated by demons, then our actions can be attributed to the evil that is manipulating us. I completely agree that religion has become more personalised. Fewer people go to church but still many people believe in some sort of God. I wonder if it is because we afraid that we are alone in the universe. I am not religious and yet I can see that one of the greatest appeals of any religion is the sense of community that it gives to people and the connectedness between people.
It really was fascinating and I am still contemplating some of the themes that were discussed. Take the idea of the Archangel Michael, he was, according to Sarwat, the right hand of God and his role was to fulfil the work of God unquestioningly. The writers discussed how characters who follow rules unquestioningly are not interesting to read about. It is the freedom of a character to make choices - good or bad - that make them appealing or intriguing to us as readers.
After the talk and the signing, Caroline (Portrait of a Woman), Lynsey (Narratively Speaking) and I played around in the grave yard and took home a goodie bag.
It was also great to see Liz from MFB and upcoming debut author Kaz Mahoney. Here is a little pic I took of them:
Thank you very much to Foyles for hosting such an amazing event. Thank you also to the authors for creating such a stimulating debate. And finally, thank you to the lovely publicists who put things in our goodie bags especially Sally at Usborne.