Sunday, 25 November 2012
The Festival of Romance took place in Bedford 16-18 November 2012. I attended the Awards Ball and next morning took part in a workshop run by Sally Quilford on writing Pocket Novels. At the Awards Ball I was fortunate to be sharing a table with the Romaniacs, all writers on the RNA's New Writers' Scheme. Except that one no longer is. She won her spurs that evening. So congralulations Celia Anderson! A few of the photos I took that evening are here. My apologies for the red eye. My camera has a facility for avoiding it, if only I knew how it worked! I won't post names. You all know who you are!
Monday, 16 July 2012
I never went to University so the RNA Conference at the Newton Rigg Campus in Penrith these past few days, gave me an opportunity to experience the kind of student life I had missed. There were lessons of course, informative talks and workshops and publishing industry updates, but there is also that fascinating process of osmosis, and I’m not just talking about how my trousers soaked up the water from the floor of the shower when I was sitting on the loo. (I remembered to bring the kitchen sink but, sadly, not my bicycle clips.) No, I’m talking about education. I absorbed so much information from my fellow delegates that not only has my vocabulary expanded – I now know what a merkin is – but so has my knowledge across a whole range of academic disciplines: Ancient Mythology and Biology– I have a greater understanding of how a centaur might copulate. Animal Husbandry – the technique of squeezing the innards from a mealworm in order to breastfeed an orphan bat. Diet, Health, and Arithmetic – just how many caramel shortcakes equals half a stone. A memorable weekend indeed, and in wonderful company.