At last we've got sunshine and warm weather, and coinciding with a Bank Holiday and Half Term, too - who'd have thought it?!

But, while it's a time for getting out in the garden, or being by the beach, we've also hit the season of book festivals.

I remember last year sitting in the shade with my laptop pumping out the latest talks from the Hay Festival, and I'm looking forward to repeating the experience in the next few days.

I've been enjoying and appreciating my garden much more in the past 18 months, so I'm particularly pleased to be talking to the gardening writer Anna Pavord at The Cut Halesworth later this month. I'll have details about this and other author events next week.

But tomorrow evening I wonder who might find a quiet corner of the garden from which to join in our book group discussion?

We didn't used to meet on a Bank Holiday and, with a lovely summery evening, perhaps you'll be tempted to go elsewhere, but if not, please reply to this email to receive the details on logging in. We'll be talking about 'Here We Are' by Graham Swift and I hope to see you there!