The RNA Conference 2013

This year’s RNA conference was held at the conference centre of Sheffield University, curiously named The Edge. As always the conference was superb and ran like clock-work, aside from a few hick-ups which were no one’s fault, and which we all took in our stride (like broken air conditioning in sweltering heat…).

Writers on The Edge...

Writers on The Edge…

The workshops were great, and I particularly enjoyed Melinda Hammond’s talk on procrastination (something I do a LOT – hmm), and Fiona Harper’s lecture on the structure of the romantic novel. The best thing about the conference, however, is catching up with old friends and making new ones. Because I was one of the contacts for the first time conference-goers, I had the privilege of talking to people I might otherwise not have thought to approach, and one them even bought my book!

By the end my head was buzzing, and although I was relieved to be home, I was also a little sad that it was over so quickly. I’ll leave you with some photos from the conference which I hope speak for themselves.

Roll on #RNAConf2014!

The conference centre

The conference centre


Residential block E (my window is on the 1st floor to the left)

Residential block E (my window is on the 1st floor to the left)


View from the kitchen window - glorious sunshine!

View from the kitchen window – glorious sunshine!


Goody bags being packed by volunteers

Goody bags being packed by volunteers


All 180 of them!

All 180 of them!


Relaxing in the bar (a must!), with Jane Lovering, Sarah Callejo, Chris Stovell, Christina Courtenay, Janet Gover, Rhoda Baxter & Kate Thomson

Relaxing in the bar (a must!), with Jane Lovering, Sarah Callejo, Chris Stovell, Christina Courtenay, Janet Gover, Rhoda Baxter & Kate Thomson


Melinda Hammond giving her talk

Melinda Hammond giving her talk


Friday night kitchen party!

Friday night kitchen party!


Was delighted to see my new book in the conference bookshop

Was delighted to see my new book in the conference bookshop


Adrienne Vaughan, Lizzie Lamb, Cathy Mansell and Margaret Kaine enjoying a shaded spot on Saturday afternoon

Adrienne Vaughan, Lizzie Lamb, Cathy Mansell and Margaret Kaine enjoying a shaded spot on Saturday afternoon


Chris Stovell and Janet Gover at the gala dinner on Saturday night

Chris Stovell and Janet Gover at the gala dinner on Saturday night


Anna Boatman (from Piatkus Entice) and Jenny Barden sat across from me at the gala dinner

Anna Boatman (from Piatkus Entice) and Jenny Barden sat across from me at the gala dinner


Kate Johnson (on the right) wins the Elizabeth Goudge trophy

Kate Johnson (on the right) wins the Elizabeth Goudge trophy


The food at the conference was slightly, ahem, inventive, but this vanilla cheesecake was truly delicious!

The food at the conference was slightly, ahem, inventive, but this vanilla cheesecake was truly delicious!


My handbag for the gala dinner was much admired (hands off, everybody!)

My handbag for the gala dinner was much admired (hands off, everybody!)


Back at the kitchen Biddy Coady raises a glass to a wonderful conference. I second that!

Back at the kitchen Biddy Coady raises a glass to a wonderful conference. I second that!

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11 Responses to The RNA Conference 2013

  1. Great handbag!!! Sorry to have missed it. And the conference … x

  2. Great blog, Henri. I have that same handbag!

  3. Sorry I didn’t make the conference this year but thanks for sharing the pictures. I was excited to see Up Close in the crime section in Blackwells and I am looking forward to reading it.
    Heather

  4. Ooh, I have serious handbag envy… and to think I was sitting right next to it! Lovely to catch up with you, Henri! x

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