Just came back by train last night from the wonderful RNA weekend conference in London and fell into bed exhausted from the heat and late nights! It was definitely worth attending, and crawling through London in a taxi on the day of the tube strike to get there on the Thursday, as it meant we could go to the Agents’ Panel on the Friday morning.
It was held in the Queen Mary University campus on Mile End Road and although in the east end of the city, it was also partly beside a canal. The heat was a bit unbearable at times, especially in my student bedroom and, unfortunately, mine was on the noisy side of the accommodation building: lots of students (not RNA) making too much noise at all hours of the night (or morning) on two occasions.
|Ready for the gala dinner with Joan Fleming and Cathy Mansell|
However, it was a great conference, with lots of inspiring talks, non-stop chatting with old and new friends and a fabulous Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening which was held in the beautiful octagonal library. All the meals were self-service apart from this one and it was a really lovely dinner and venue, befitting our dressier outfits! One of the best things about the conference is the information all the authors share when we get talking to one another. I was delighted as always to meet up with some of my lovely social media and blogging friends, such as Helena Fairfax who I met last year, Jean Bull, and Wendy Clarke who I was delighted to meet in person at last.
I was glad to see the chocolate heart in my little promo pack inside the 250 RNA goody bags survived the heat. My friend Joan Fleming and I shared a kitchen with the very sociable Hazel Cushion from Accent Press (amongst others) who invited us to their Pimms Party. Having never tasted it before, I was delighted to go along and it was a lovely event, held down beside the canal. The Pimms, which was filled up with freshly chopped fruit, was delicious. Roll on next year at Lancaster University!
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I’ll resume our Italian adventure later in the week with the final stop of Verona.