One of the great things about such events is the chance to meet other writers and hear the standard of writing around. As with reading short stories if writing them, it's very valuable to hear poems read aloud. It was lovely to meet the publisher and judges too and I was told to choose one of their poetry books as a gift. So I am now the proud owner of a sturdy paperback collection of poems, To Sing Away the Darkest Days, by the main judge, Norbert Hirschhorn, who was away on a poetry reading tour.
We kept walking on up to Oxford Street so I could visit Selfridges as I've been enjoying the TV programme, although I had to use my imagination a lot! I don't do any shopping at all (and didn't want to), but we had a lovely lunch there. We couldn't wait to get back to the peaceful parks again, away from the noise and busyness of town. so we walked all the way back, via the Royal Albert Hall and a few of the museums. We reckoned we deserved the delicious dinner in the fabulous French restaurant we discovered that evening quite near the hotel.
As the train home wasn't until yesterday afternoon, we spent a leisurely morning walking (again!) to the Victoria and Albert Museum where we added stairs to the exercise. Thank goodness for a wonderful, relaxing train journey all the way up to Glasgow! As I've said before, it's great to get out and about and visit new places, as it certainly stimulates this writer's imagination and always inspires me with ideas for some kind of new writing. Now it's back to reality and finishing those adjudications before my next gallivanting weekend at the annual Scottish writers conference.