If you're an author and someone is booking you a flight, they should check with you before they buy the ticket to make sure when you want to arrive.

What Calabash is doing is rejuvenating that tradition.

We started talking about all the things in readings that don't work. We decided the people planning them don't think of the most important people involved - the author and the audience.

You need to have a gang, a godmother, a godfather, somebody who can make you get a buss. A writer is held hostage by the publishers who are here.

Calabash is earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse.