…after a very busy, but brilliant, summer.

The few weeks since I posted a blog divide into three main segments (although the bits in between were pretty good, too) – the RNA Conference; my holiday in Italy; my research trip/holiday in Wyoming.

On my return to my blog today, I thought I’d share some moments with you of the first of these three – the RNA Conference, which took place in July in Penrith.

As always, the conference was terrific fun as well as very informative. I trotted along with my camera (more enthusiasm for taking pics than skill, I’m afraid), and manage to capture several moments, and I’ve put the photos I took below.  Enjoy!

Arriving at the RNA Conference 2012, held in Penrith, Jules Wake talking to Jude Roust

Further down the table, Linda Hooper, Melanie Hilton, Nicola Cornick


At tea, Alison Maynard, Kate Johnson and Jane Lovering


Lynne Connolly and her new computer

Talli Roland

Jude Roust, Jules Wake



Sue Moorcroft talking to the delegates at the opening of the conference

Evonne Wareham, winner of the Joan Hessayon Prize, with RNA Chair Annie Ashurst and Jan Jones, conference organiser

Jane Lovering, winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year 2012, with Jan Jones




Henriette Gyland's heels were the envy of all

Panel members Janet Gover and agent Carole Blake

Panel members Henriette Gyland and Nicola Cornick


Some of the contents of my goody bag

Janice Horton, with camera

The NWS panel, introduced by Melanie Hilton , Organiser of the NWS


The panel for the NWS discussion

Denise Barnes talking to Carol McGrath


Kate Jackson Bedford


Jean Harker and Lizzy Edmondson with agent Dot Lumley

Pia Fenton (Christina Courtenay) and Liz Fenwick

Ready for the Gala Dinner




We went to the bar on occasions (yes, that’s a surprise!)


Lynne Connolly, ready for the Gala Dinner

Myra Kersner, Sue Moorcroft, Pia Fenton (Christina Courtenay)

A toast at the Gala Dinner




Jenny Barden discusses researching her novel

Julie Cohen delivering her talk to the conference

Henriette Gyland demonstrates the wearing of an ancient corset


Catherine Jones (Kate Lace) looks comfortable

Pia Fenton (Christina Courtenay) discusses genealogy

Roger Sanderson raises a glass


Yes, we’re in the bar again

Jan Jones, rightfully pleased with the way the conference went

I couldn't resist finishing with a shot of these ultra-delicious flapjacks. I ate far too many of them.

Quiz night in the bar on the Sunday evening




The RNA Conference 2012 was the perfect start to a lovely summer. I very much hope that you, too, all had a brilliant summer.

See you next week!