My week ahead is looking rather daunting! In addition to a usual working week with articles to write, research to carry out and people to interview, there's the event with the Reverend Richard Coles on Wednesday and also the Felixstowe Book Festival where I will be on stage speaking to four fascinating and quite different writers.

The dates have been in my diary for some time, of course - these things are organised well ahead - so I've been able to do plenty of preparation but there's always more that can be done, and the key now is making sure I allow time between the sessions to pause, regroup and process ready for the next commitment. 

Planning ahead is something that no longer seems to be a regular or natural activity, though. Many entertainment venues have reported that people are booking tickets much later than ever they used to, hoping to turn up on the night rather than reserving their place at the start of a season or when the act is announced. 

It's very tempting to feel that we're acting spontaneously, keeping our options open! But we risk missing out and it may mean that events like this might not go ahead in the future. If event organisers are unable to confirm an audience in good time, cannot get everything in place for the right numbers attending, or ultimately don't fill their venues then they may find they cannot continue with the exciting programme of activities we've become used to. Let's hope that won't be the case and we all get back into the habit of planning ahead!

That being said, it's exciting to see tickets for Richard Coles being snapped up. There are still places available at the moment so why not ring the Riverside and reserve your place now! 

Thank you for reading.