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Festival of Romance 2013

Last weekend I attended the Festival of Romance in Bedford and thoroughly enjoyed myself!  At the moment, it’s the only event of its kind here in the UK, and if you ask me, we need more of them because it was such fun!

The weekend started with an Art & Romance evening on the Friday night at the newly opened Higgins Museum, which was great.  We were given a quick tour and being a history buff, I really liked the China collection (especially the tea pots and caddies), fascinating pieces of furniture and other displays.  The house itself was lovely too!  After the tour, there were readings by authors of historical novels, including me.  Most of us had dressed up in period costume and mine was that of an ordinary woman of the 1640s (English Civil War) – this was in order to fit the clothing of the heroine from my novel The Gilded Fan.

Romance Fair

On the Saturday, there were lots of things going on at the same time – a Romance Fair, a Coffee & Cake morning with readings, an author panel (led by the brilliant Louise Graham), plus talks and workshops.  I enjoyed all the events I took part in and only wished I’d had time to go to everything.

Author panel led by Louise Graham

The day culminated with the FoR Ball and Awards, where Choc Lit triumphed as Publisher of the Year and a lot of my friends won other categories – Liz Fenwick for Best Romantic Read, Charlotte Betts for Best Historical Read, Fiona Harper for Best Short Romantic Novel, among many others.  I also accepted an award on behalf of the Romantic Novelists’ Association who were inducted into the FoR Hall of Fame for “being a defining, driving and positive force for the genre since 1960” – well deserved I think!

Accepting the RNA's award from FoR organiser Kate Allan

All in all, it was a great weekend which even the miserable weather couldn’t put a dampener on!

Choc Lit's awards!

Historical reading

Jenny Barden, Liz Harris and John Jackson

My 1640s costume

Liz Harris and I at the Fair

With Sue Moorcroft and Jane Lovering at the Fair

With Adrienne Vaughan and Liz Harris at the Ball

Saying thank you on behalf of the RNA

Shortlistees for Best Historical Read

Festival of Romance 2012 – Nomination!

It’s almost time for this year’s Festival of Romance and I’m absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for one of the awards – Best Historical Read – for The Silent Touch of Shadows!  I’m in great company, with fellow authors and friends Liz Harris, Jean Fullerton, Jenny Barden, Nicola Cornick and Charlotte Betts also nominated for this prize.  My publisher Choc Lit has been nominated for the Publisher of the Year Award and Choc Lit authors Sue Moorcroft and Jane Lovering are among authors nominated for several other prizes.  I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the gala ball on 16th November!  (For more information on all the shortlists please see here)

The Festival is taking place in the centre of Bedford this time, so if you’re anywhere near there, please come along – it’s going to be great fun!  There are still tickets for some of the events available and the Romance Fair, held in the Howard Room of the Corn Exchange on Saturday 17th November between 10.00-17.00 is free for everyone.  On the Sunday, I’m attending the ‘Historical Afternoon Tea’ at the Park Inn (3.30pm) – if you like historical romance and scones, do come (but don’t forget to book in advance)!  Sounds like a great combination to me 🙂

I’ll be there from Friday to Sunday and hope to see some of you there!