|Just a few of the books!|
Some forum members occasionally meet up, there have been meets all over England, and in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Late last year, someone suggested a big official meet, and I, in my wisdom, offered to organise it.
After months of work, contacting authors, publishers, venues and participants, the big day finally arrived last Saturday - and what a day it was! We travelled to Birmingham, to a wonderful venue in the city centre, The Old Joint Stock Theatre - once a branch of Lloyds Bank, and now a pub and theatre. I was thrilled by how successful it was, there were around 40 attendees and we had guest speakers: Guy Pringle, the publisher of New Books Magazine, Ian Carpenter - the author of Guardianwork and Emily Woof, the author of Whole Wide Beauty.
Simon from Bookswarm was incredibly supportive and helpful during the organisation of the day, helping with author contacts and sending freebies for the day. Publishers including Constable and Robinson, Allison and Busby and Random House had all donated prizes and goodies to give away.
It really was a wonderful day, I was totally exhausted by the end of it all, but really buzzing from the success.