RNA Conference 2013

I have just come back from the 2013 RNA Conference, which was held at the conference centre called The Edge at Sheffield University’s Endcliffe Village site.  Apart from the fact that the air conditioning wasn’t working in the meeting rooms, I had a wonderful time!

Our stay began by helping to stuff the goody bags, which this year were brilliant silver and pink – they looked amazing when all 180 of them were done!

The sun shone throughout our stay and it felt more like being in a Mediterranean country than Sheffield.  Sitting outside under parasols at breaktimes and in the evenings was lovely and I really enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new ones.

(Photo by Lizzie Lamb)

The “ChocLiteers” were out in force – I think there were fourteen of us – and we scrubbed up nicely for the gala dinner.  The previous evening we had a little kitchen get-together too and it was great to meet the latest recruits.  One of the ChocLiteers – Kate Johnson – won this year’s Elizabeth Goudge award, which was a lovely surprise!

As always, I came home exhausted, but inspired by all the wonderful talks and fired up with the urge to write.  Can’t wait for next year’s conference!

Elizabeth Goudge finalists - Jayne Hall, Kate Johnson (winner) and Jacqui Cooper


  1. Great post, Christina! I was there for most of it … x

    Comment by Sue Moorcroft — July 15, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  2. Great photos! Completely agree with you about the heat, but it didn’t stop us having fun. Looking forward to next already!

    Comment by Henriette Gyland — July 15, 2013 @ 11:59 am

  3. Meant to say “next year”! Clearly I still have heat stroke.

    Comment by Henriette Gyland — July 15, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  4. Lovely photos of what looks like a fun weekend. 🙂


    Comment by carol - DizzyC — July 15, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

  5. It was my first ever conference and I had such a good time I didn’t want to come home. It was stiflingly hot, but so much fun to be there with other romance writers, just talking romance and listening to others talking about romance. Romance writers really are the nicest people on the planet, I think.

    Comment by Sally Quilford — July 15, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

  6. Was a fantastic conference. Great post and pics! Am dead proud to be in my first choc lit team photo (which I’ll be blogging about myself just a little bit later on!)

    Comment by Alison May — July 15, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

  7. Thanks for sharing these pictures and you all obviously had a great ti me!

    Comment by Angela Britnella — July 15, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

  8. You were missed Angela. The kitchen in our flat wasn’t used at all!!
    Lovely to see you there Henri, and it was a brilliant conference, I enjoyed every minute.

    Comment by Margaret Kaine — July 15, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

  9. Great post,Pia. Sounds like it was huge fun!

    Comment by Beverley Eikli — July 15, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

  10. Sue – yes, glad you got there in the end!
    Henri – thank you! Yep, still suffering from the heat too – I need a pool!
    Angela – you’ll have to come next time, it was great fun!
    Margaret – totally agree 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — July 15, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

  11. So cool that so many of the ChocLiteers could get together at one event. That must have been lovely, even before you got to spend time with everyone else there. Great photos.

    Comment by Kath — July 15, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

  12. Yes, it was brilliant, Kath – don’t think we’ve ever had that many ChocLiteers in one place at the same time before! 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — July 15, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  13. Ah, how lovely – I hope to join you all next year – looks like you had a fantastic time

    Comment by Kathryn Freeman — July 15, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

  14. Thank you Carol! 🙂
    Tracy – yes, it was lovely, wasn’t it and it always goes too quickly!
    Alison – great to meet you! And Kathryn, you’ll have to come next time 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — July 15, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

  15. Beverley – you’ll have to time one of your UK visits to coincide with the next conference 🙂

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — July 15, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

  16. I am so envious. Really want to go next year. Thanks for sharing, Pia. xx

    Comment by Liv Thomas — July 15, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

  17. Thanks for sharing all these lovely photos, of course Pia is far tos modest to mention that she was pretty busy behind the scenes. It was a great conference and lovely to see so many chocliteers especially meeting other newbies.

    Comment by Jules Wake — July 16, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

  18. I so want to be there next year! Great post.

    Comment by Teresa Morgan — July 17, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

  19. Thanks Liv and Teresa – I do hope you can come next year!
    Jules – it was great to meet you again!

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — July 18, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

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