The RNA Summer Party 2013

The RNA Summer Party was fantastic. I love the ambiance at The Royal Overseas League, and the canapes were delicious, especially those tiny pots of fish and chips (I had three!). But as always there are so many lovely people to talk to and only a limited time. I did manage to catch a few, and here are the photos to prove it.

I’ll be cheeky and begin with this year’s contenders for the Joan Hessayon Prize, because I’m happy to say I was one of them!

The contenders for the Joan Hessayon Prize for New Writers. Left to right Carol McGrath, winner Liesel Schwarz, Jenny Barden, Liz Harris, Joss Alexander, Cathy Mansell, Serena Clarke, Anne Stenhouse Graham, and me

The contenders for the Joan Hessayon Prize for New Writers. Left to right: Carol McGrath, winner Liesel Schwarz, Jenny Barden, Liz Harris, Joss Alexander, Cathy Mansell, Serena Clarke, Anne Stenhouse Graham, and me. Best foot forward, ladies, as the photographer told us to!

Judy Astley, Jenny Colgan winner of the Romantic Novel Award, Rowan Coleman (shortlisted for the Romantic Novel Award), and Tamsyn Murray

All smiles, left to right: Judy Astley, Jenny Colgan, winner of the Romantic Novel Award, Rowan Coleman (shortlisted for the Romantic Novel Award), and Tamsyn Murray

Liesel Schwarz winner of the Joan Hessayon prize, Tim Ardizzone, and Mags Cullingford

Liesel Schwarz, proudly holding the trophy for the Joan Hessayon prize, Tim Ardizzone, and Mags Cullingford

Pia Fenton, our newly elected chairman, and Jon Astley

Pia Fenton, our newly elected chairman, and Jon Astley

Party ladies, left from right, Giselle Green, Pia Fenton, Jenny Barden, Liz Fenwick, agent Carole Blake, and Janet Gover

Party ladies, left to right: Giselle Green, Pia Fenton, Jenny Barden, Liz Fenwick, agent Carole Blake, and Janet Gover

Janet Gover, Liz Harris, and Liz Ringrose

Janet Gover, Liz Harris, and Liz Ringrose

Jane Bidder and Gill Stewart, the RNA's newly elected Treasurer

Jane Bidder and Gill Stewart, the RNA’s newly elected Treasurer

Brigid Coady and Julie Cohen

Brigid Coady and Julie Cohen

Me and NWS member Karen Aldous

Me and NWS member Karen Aldous

And, of course, many many more were present, but my poor camera refused to cooperate further!

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19 Responses to The RNA Summer Party 2013

  1. Gemma Jackson says:

    Thank you so much for posting these. I hated to miss the party but I’ve been in a hurry up and wait state since the beggining of the year. Lovely shots.

  2. Caroline Praed says:

    no photos of shoes?!
    Caroline Praed

  3. Liv Thomas says:

    Great pics, Henri. Looks like everyone had a great time.

  4. Fab pics, Henri, and a very sensible size – you can see everyone and what they’re wearing without squinting at a miniature!

    Liz X

    • Liz – I wanted to put the pictures side by side to avoid having to scroll down too much, but sadly WordPress wasn’t playing ball. I’m glad you like this size, though 🙂

  5. Lovely pics. Great memories.

  6. nikkigoodman says:

    Great post Henri,thanks.
    Was sorry not to be there but your pics have given me a lovely flavour of what I missed.Also congrats for being shortlisted for the JH.A fab achievement.
    Take care, Nikki.xc

  7. It’s so fun to put faces to names. One day I’d like to be there:)

  8. lindashortstories says:

    We were ships that passed in the night, Henri……it’s always over far too quickly, I think. Good selection of pix.

  9. Sorry you couldn’t be there, Nikki, and Beverley too. And you’re quite right, Linda, there’s never enough time to talk to everyone.

  10. John Jackson says:

    Everyone scrubbed up well again!!! 🙂

  11. Great photos, Henri, and doesn’t everyone look glamorous! That’s the RNA for you. x

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