Surviving a Literary Festival

I have been very quiet for a week now. For the last three years I have come to the Hay Literary and Arts Festival and it is always a roller-coaster week. The difference this year is that I know why.

The reasons are the usual suspects: noise overload, people overload, changing routine, uncertainty over what will happen. Oh, and smells.

For me to survive and enjoy the experience I have to be upfront about myself and my needs. Mostly this works. And that is enough. Mostly surviving is better than not trying. For me.