If you follow me on Twitter you might have noticed this weekend’s tweets were mostly about my trip through to Edinburgh to see Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy performed live.
I used to watch Hitchhiker’s when I was a kid mesmerized by the somewhat simple special effects and computer style animations created by TV wizards at the BBC. I’ve always loved the music of science fiction series as well. There’s something familiar and so optimistic about their cheery jingles, the Hitchhiker’s one being particularly memorable.
Anyway childhood nostalgia wasn’t the only draw for me it was that Neil Gaiman would be there reading the voice of the book. Although I’m a potter and not an author he’s been someone I’ve admired for many years for the skill he has in wordsmithing.
He’s the sort of person you never expect to meet, let alone actually have time for a conversation. After the show I happened to meet him in a pub in Edinburgh, I wasn’t sure about approaching someone both so influential and famous but I’m glad I did. It’s one of those small gestures to thank someone who’s brought tremendous pleasure to my life over the years.
Although I don’t have a picture or an autograph to commemorate the event, I hope he found it nice just to chat for a change and not really expect anything in return. And for me it’ll be something I’ll always remember – a brief encounter with the rockstar writer, one of my heroes.