One of my resolutions this year was to get out and meet more people in the book community. As usual in life, when you resolve to do something, things don’t fall into place in an orderly manner. Instead of an event a week to pop in the diary, I’ve had rather a run of things to attend over the last week, kicking off with an invitation to Broughton Book Club last Tuesday. This was my third time with them and it was so lovely to be invited back, catch up and hear their thoughts on the latest book.
On Saturday, I was in London to meet some writer friends for lunch. The above are people I’ve chatted to on Twitter for some time, and towards the end of last year we finally decided to arrange to meet up. It’s a strange feeling, going to meet people you feel you know but have never actually met in person, rather like a blind date in some respects. But it was great (and a huge relief) to find that Debra Brown, Karen Coles, Tina Death, Kerry Fisher, Lucille Grant, Jo Hogan, Louise Jensen and Ruby Speechley are just as nice in person as they are online. Huge thanks to Debra for organising.
Last night I hooked up with my dear writer friend Ian Patrick, to go to the London launch of Tara Guha’s debut novel, Untouchable Things.
Tara is a fellow Legend Press author whose novel won the Luke Bitmead Bursary last year. She was interviewed by James Jolly from BBC Radio Three at Blackwell’s in High Holborn. It was great to be able to hear her story and celebrate with her, and I rather fell in love with Blackwell’s bookshop. If you find yourself in High Holborn, do pop in for a coffee and a browse. It’s a haven of peace and tranquility in the midst of a busy city; an essential stop for any book lover.
Now that the diary has quietened down, I’m hoping to get back to structuring the new book. Have a lovely weekend, all.