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RNA Joan Hessayon Award Festivals and a Summer Party

21st May, 2017

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. The Cornish Reading Challenge celebrates writers from the South West and Cornish based fiction. As part of my guest spot, 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 Literary Festival.

I was the guest speaker at 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!

My guest slot formed part of the introduction to the Free Speech event, and ended with 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.

My week ended in London when I attended the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Summer Party and the Joan Hessayon Awards. I met up with fellow Choc Lit author, Morton S.Gray, in London. 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.

The evening was very enjoyable. As with all competitions, there can be only one winner and this year it was Kate Field's turn, with her debut novel The Magic of Ramblings. I was delighted for her. Tired, but happy, I returned to Cornwall with lots of happy memories stored away and some new author friends.