Live From The RNA Conference 2013!

This year’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference is hot stuff, and not only because the air conditioning at the Sheffield conference centre has broken down. We kicked off yesterday with a celebration of Associate members’ successes in the last year – as you can imagine the list was quite long! Then we were treated to a panel event including Bernardine Kennedy and Rowan Coleman.

Our accommodation is very nice – we’re in clusters six flats centred around a small kitchen. In our kitchen last night, we decorated our own wine glasses with pictures of gorgeous men – can you guess who they are?

Overall, the line-up of speakers looks brilliant, the company is fabulous and the wine is flowing (or it was last night, this morning it’s probably a little early, even for romantic novelists). I’m looking forward to catching up with friends (and making some new ones – last night I chatted to Milly Johnson and Tracy Bloom, who is guest blogging on here next week, and learning a lot – today’s sessions include workshops from seasoned romantic superstars like Julie Cohen, Sue Moorcroft and Catherine King, plus agent extraordinaire, Carole Blake. Then there’s the Gala Dinner tonight, where the winner of the Elizabeth Goudge prize (a competition open to all full members of the RNA – the winner gets a trophy which is passed on from year to year) will be announced.

But I can’t sit around here all day, breakfast is waiting. More photos and another report tomorrow!

This is Holly Hepburn, in Sheffield.

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