An Evening with Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman (Sasha Maslov/The New York Times)

Spending An Evening with Neil Gaiman was the experience of a lifetime. He inspired, entertained and made the thousand of us sitting rapt in the dark feel like we were all friends.

I took audio of the entire event from applause to applause, but Gaiman is so soft spoken it’s hard to hear him. I’ll be working with my amazing daughter later today to see if we can’t enhance his voice.

Until then, some of the highlights of the evening were…

  • Gaiman reading about the importance of libraries and a literate society.
  • Gaiman telling what it was like to have a child, Ash, who Gaiman describes as “weird.”
  • Gaiman reading “Freya’s Unusual Wedding” from his bestselling Norse Mythology.
  • Gaiman answering questions from the audience like “What is your favorite retired tube station?” and “How did the punk rock scene effect your writing?”
  • When Gaiman told an anecdote about how he had felt at David Bowie’s passing.
  • Before he left, he read an as yet unpublished poem he had written for his wife, Amanda Palmer.

In lieu of my own recording being ready to post, I leave you with a video of Neil Gaiman reading “Freya’s Unusual Wedding” from his bestselling Norse Mythology.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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