Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Preparing for RNA Conference

I do love a good writing conference and I'm really looking forward to this year's RNA Weekend Conference at Telford, near Shrewsbury. Apart from all the interesting workshops and speakers, I'll be getting the chance to meet up with many online friends in person at last. I tend to forget I have a Scottish accent (though not a broad one) until I'm down in England, and our voices will add another dimension to our online persona.

This year, there's the added excitement of taking part in the RNA 'Love of the Past' at historic Ironbridge on the Friday morning. I've always wanted to see the Blists Hill Victorian Town and we're being given the use of the Goods Shed in which to display our historical novels, games and posters - from all the different periods in which we write. As I write both Regency and Victorian, I'm delighted to be able to get involved since I'm going down a day early. We've even to dress up if possible - and, yes, I will be doing so! Hope to post some photos afterwards (possibly). I'll be taking along the fan in the above photo.

The rest of the weekend will be on the University Campus and if it's anything like the two I attended at Penrith, it will be exhausting with all the listening, absorbing and chatting! Hopefully, I'll be able to share some of the highlights on here next week. If anyone reading this is going, please come and say hello in case I don't see you in the busyness - I believe this is one of the biggest conferences so it might be easy to miss a few people!



Wendy's Writing said...

I always forget you are from Scotland, Rosemary - that's the funny thing about online friends, we all imagine we live round the corner from each other! Enjoy the conference and I look forward to hearing all about it.

Joan Fleming said...

I'm looking forward to the conference too, Rosemary. Like you, I hope to meet up with friends old and new there.

Anita Chapman said...

I'm going! Am totally disorganised at this point and need to work out what to wear on Saturday night...Look forward to meeting you in real life Rosemary :-)x

Anonymous said...

Oh, looking forward to hearing all about it Rosemary. And seeing your lovely costumes as well. xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You're right, Wendy - I never give a thought to accents when we all chat online!

Look forward to seeing you there, Joan!

That's great, Anita! I have my dress all sorted but have still to pack, without overloading the case!

Thanks, Susan - will try and take lots of photos!

Carolb said...

I'm sure you'll look a perfect 'lady' in your dress and fan, Rosemary.

Enjoy the RNA weekend.:)

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Carol!

Joanna said...

I hope you're enjoying the conference, Rosemary, and I look forward very much to hearing about it when you're back. xx