As I sat on a chair swirling a glass of wine in one hand as the audience flooded into a crowded room,I felt privileged that I had experienced De Montfort University's Cultural Exchanges Festival and the range of extraordinary individuals who had come to share their valuable work .
The final event, 'Overheard -Stories To Read Aloud,' was no exception as a host of readers
provided an evening of entertainment. There was a range of stories. Particularly memorable was Will
Buckingham's snippet of an anecdote about a bizarre event witnessed by a couple
of honeymooners. The stories varied widely in theme and topic ranging from mental illness to the
transition from childhood to adulthood brilliantly told using the theme of
students and teachers.
As I left the artificial lights of the
cramped room, I felt as if a
piece of each story that had been read aloud had left a long-term effect upon
my mind. Each story, perfectly told, gave an insight into the lives
of the characters involved. I walked into the darkness wishing I
could only know more about them all.