A Book Club and a Butterfly Festival

It’s been a busy week. Last Tuesday, I was invited to attend the book club supper of the nearby Broughton Book Club to discuss their read of An Unfamiliar Murder. I’ve said this many a time, but one of the nicest things about writing novels is the wonderful people you meet and this evening was no exception. I was treated to home-cooked food in the manner of Moussaka and Lasagne, accompanied by fresh salad and a selection of very yummy puddings.

It really was a lovely relaxed evening talking books and writing. I was honoured to be invited back to their next meeting at a nearby pub (it seems their meetings always involve food – the perfect accompaniment to books in my opinion!) in October to talk about their next selection, The Truth Will Out. Already, I am looking forward to another evening of the same.

On Saturday I travelled up to Harrogate for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival with my dear friend and partner-in-crime writing, Glyn Timmins. It’s a four day event, running from Thursday to Sunday, however personal and family commitments meant I could only manage the Saturday. One of my Twitter friends likened attending this festival to a butterfly: everybody flitting about, trying to see and do as much as possible and I certainly felt the pressure of squeezing lots into my one day.

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My Brief Encounter with Harrogate International Crime Writing Festival 2013

Nestled in the heart of the Victorian spa town of Harrogate lies the eighteenth century Old Swan Hotel, where Agatha Christie herself stayed in 1926, this year’s host of the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival.

This is a four day event, running from Thursday to Sunday and, as hubby and I drove the three hours north last Friday amidst the blistering sunshine, I couldn’t help but wonder how much we could fit into the one day that my work and family commitments allowed. The answer? Surprisingly, quite a lot.

Arriving just before lunchtime we took a walk through Harrogate’s tree lined avenues and started with lunch at Betty’s Tea Room, famous for their wild array of cakes and pastries. Ironically Harrogate’s Betty’s was situated at the top of a steep hill on Parliament Street, kind of ‘kill the calories before you eat them’. By the time I reached the top, all I wanted was sugar and lots of it.

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It's Festival Season!

I love this time of year in the UK, when sunshine bursts through the clouds drawing us all outside to make the most of the glorious weather.

Summertime hosts a variety of well known music festivals like Glastonbury, V and Party in the Park, all of which are packed with both famous and up and coming artists – a wide variety of tunes to delight the senses, plus a plethora of stalls and workshops on the periphery to keep you busy during breaks in the acts. There are also a lot of local events too.

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