Matera Women's Fiction FestivalI’ve spent many a happy weekend at the Matera Women’s Fiction Festival in the spectacular, southern Italian “cave” town of Matera.

After a one year hiatus, the Festival will take place once again at the end of this month, but sadly without me.

My inability to attend this year doesn’t mean I won’t be thinking of all those great lectures, discussions, brainstorming groups and late night talks about books and writing (over good food and wine, of course) with an impressive crowd of international writers.

Wishing all a wonderful time in Matera – and look forward to joining you next time!