ED2011 Book Reviews

Neil Gaiman with Audrey Niffenegger – Writing Without Boundaries

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

A vampiric Snow White and her necrophiliac Prince are what Gaiman gets when he thinks about the fairytale too much. Not surprising, then, that his brief retelling of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ was hilarious. Throughout his talk I was reminded of why, for the first time this festival, I was in an audience peopled by those close to my age; Gaiman is charismatic and wise and his imagination is infectious. Audrey Niffenegger’s questions guided him through a range of subjects before he regaled the audience with his experience of writing, and realising, an episode of Doctor Who. Those who’d hoped to hear from Niffenegger were somewhat disappointed, but the extra time this gave to Gaiman more than certainly made up for it.

RBS Main Theatre, Aug 17, 3.00pm (4.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp19.