Festivals and a Summer Party

This week has been a busy time for me. At the start of the week I was a guest on The Bandwagon blog as part of the Cornish Reading Challenge and later attended the Art Cafe in St.Ives as part of the St.Ives Literary Festival.

The week ended in London when I attended the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Summer Party and the Joan Hessayon Awards.

The Cornish Reading Challenge was run by Vikki Patis on her blog, The Bandwagon, and celebrated  writers from the South West and Cornish based fiction. In the guest post, I talked about my family tree and how living in Cornwall has changed through the generations.

Later in the day, I was heading to St.Ives and to the Cafe Art, in Drill Hall, which is a contemporary arts cafe with a changing programme of exhibitions and events. It is often used by the St.Ives Literary Festival to host their Free Speech event, which is an opportunity for aspiring writers and poets to read samples of their writing and poetry. It also serves great coffee, sandwiches and homemade cakes!

I was a guest speaker prior to the Free Speech event, and was delighted to have the opportunity to read the first chapter of The Thief’s Daughter and undertake a Q&A session from the audience. I also stayed to hear their poetry and readings, which was very enjoyable. Although it was raining outside, the vibe inside was warm, cosy and friendly and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

A couple of days later, I was on the train to London, where I met up with fellow Choc Lit author, Morton S.Gray. We were both contenders for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award. The list of contenders is made up of authors whose debut novels have been accepted for publication after passing through the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme. After some cake and coffee at the hotel, it was time to get ready and leave for the event. First, we met up with other members of the Choc Lit publishing team for drinks, then on to the main event at the Royal Overseas League.

And here are all the finalists, minus Jen Gilroy who was unable to make it. Kate Field, with her debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the Joan Hessayon Award and I am delighted for her.

Left to Right. Front Row:- Arabella Sheen, Emily Kerr and Terri Fleming.
Left to Right. Middle Row:- Lynda Stacey, Victoria Cornwall (me!) and Morton S.Gray.
Left to Right. Back Row:- April Hardy, Kate Field, Vivien Hampshire and Abbey MacMunn.

At the end of such a busy week, it was only natural for me to think about the moment when my love for fiction really began. I came to the conclusion it had something to do with a spider called Charlotte and you can read all about it here.

Now it is time to  return to work. I am currently writing a new book and expect the edits for my next book to arrive any day now. I think I will have a lot to keep me busy over the next few weeks, so for now my high heels and party dress are back in the cupboard to gather dust. Or at least they are until next time!

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