Monday, July 12, 2010

Romantic Novelists' Association Conference - FAB!

Forget Greenwich Mean Time; this was definitely Greenwich Fab Time!

I'm back from the Romantic Novelists' Association Conference. I'm exhausted (and surprisingly tanned), but most of all I'm inspired. What a fantastic event! With great sessions, a beautiful location at the Old Naval College in Greenwich and lots of friendly attendees, you really couldn't ask for more.

I managed to unearth a few dresses worthy of conference attire, my gala outfit went off a treat (despite being SO hot that sweat was dripping down my legs), and I even worked up the courage to finally introduce myself to RNA Chair and legendary novelist Katie Fforde. I'm glad I did because she had some nice things to say about the short story I'd entered in the conference competition -- and because she was so lovely.

I'll be sharing some of the great information I received over the next few weeks, but for now I'll leave you with a few photos of my wonderful weekend!

Sarah Callejo, fellow blogger and conference attendee,
on our way to the first day of the conference.


Katie Fforde introduces speaker Joanna Trollope,
who gave a very interesting speech.

The Trafalgar, where we had our Gala dinner Friday night.

The fiftieth anniversary of the RNA!



To see more photos and learn a bit of history about The Old Royal Naval College, go here.

49 comments:

  1. Sounds like it was a wonderful time. Love the photos and look forward to hearing more about the conference.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  2. Thanks, Mason. It *was* great!

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  3. It sounds brilliant, Katie Fforde and Joanna Trollope I am in awe.
    That's just as a librarian and a reader.

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  5. LindyLou - I didn't meet Joanna but she was so well spoken and had such interesting things to say!

    And Katie Fforde was beyond nice.

    It was such an incredible weekend!

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  6. I'm glad you had a great time, and am curious as to why Trollope's speech was controversial!

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  7. Glad you had a great time! Sorry it was so hot!

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  8. It was just fab and it was brilliant to have the post-partum coffee.

    lx

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  9. Glad you had an awesome! Looking forward to hearing more about your weekend.

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  10. OMG! If I'd known you were in my hood! I love the old naval college and the water views by the old Trafalgar too. Looking forward to hearing more about the conference, sounds fantastic!

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  11. FUN!! Thanks for the pics...and keep them coming. :)

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  12. What lovely pictures! I'm glad you had such a great time :)

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  13. Great pics! I'm glad you had a nice time!

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  14. Sounds great, I just got a Joanna Trollope out of my library at the weekend, I loved Greenwich as well, really interesting village, wonder do they still do the market?

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  15. It was brilliant and always so well organized.

    Katie is lovely. I was sorry to miss Joanna Trollope's talk, but had to fly home.

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  16. Hi Talli .. the Naval College looks really interesting .. I saw the Antiques Road Show from there the other day .. cooking supper and mooching my eyes and ears at snippets of info - the history of the place, and some of their treasures .. I must get out and visit one day.

    Great you had such a good time and seemed to benefit so much from the weekend ..

    So looking forward to hearing more and seeing more photos .. Hilary

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  17. I know you had a great time are pooped. Glad all went well.

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  18. Ooo, thanks for sharing the pictures. So glad you had an awesome time. Can't wait to hear more about it!

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  19. I'm glad you had a good time! That's such a neat building in the first picture.

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  20. What fun! There's nothing better than hanging with writerly peeps. :)

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  21. Sounds like you had a fabulous time! Great pictures - what a lovely venue :)

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  22. Very awesome, sounds like you had a fantastic time! :) Welcome back!

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  23. Yes, yes - these are all wonderful pics and stuff BUT!! Where are you?? Where's you and your outfit?!?!?!

    :-)

    But seriously!! A briliant setting for a fab event - the Romantic Novelists Association conference. Even just saying that aloud is briliant!

    Take care
    x

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  24. Soo cool!! I'm glad you had fun and can't wait to hear more about it!

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  25. Wow! That sounds and looks pretty amazing. I think I'd have been a little overwhelmed. Look forward to catching up with what went on xx

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  26. Sounds like you had an amazing time, Talli. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  27. sounds like so much fun!
    thanks for the photos!

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  28. That sounds wonderful. I bet you are so satisfied with that awesome experience. Welcome back. :)

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  29. Fabulous! I'm seriously going to have to peek around my area to see what there is. I could always use a little inspiraton!

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  30. Seems like you had a great time & thanks for the pictures. Too bad it was so hot there -- no air conditioning in the Old Naval College?

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  31. I'm glad you had such a lovely time. :)

    I look froward to hearing all about your weekend, the info you gleaned,and that 'interesting' speech!

    Love,
    Lola

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  32. glad you had a good time, thanks for sharingx

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  33. I'm so happy you had a great time! And the pictures are fabulous.

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that I changed blog domains, so my new domain name is: www.kim-franklin.com

    Have a great day!!

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  34. Awesome pictures! It looks like you had an amazing time :)

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  35. I'm glad you found clothes. I'm also glad you had a good time. I can't wait to hear all about it.

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  36. Conferences can be so energizing. I'm glad this one was productive.

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  37. Beautiful photos. Glad you're having fun.

    CD

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  38. rna = registered nursing assistant ;)

    glad you had fun!

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  39. It looks like a wonderful place to have a conference. You look lovely in your new dress!

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  40. Sounds like an awesome conference -I'll be looking forward to hearing what you learned!

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  41. And where, my dear, is a picture of you in your gala outfit?
    Katie Fford is one of my all time favourites.

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  42. And where, my dear, is a picture of you in your gala outfit?
    Katie Fford is one of my all time favourites.

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  43. Nice Talli and on top of that you had a fashion moment :)

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  44. Sounds great. I'm pleased for you.

    Have a nice day, Boonsong

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  45. Hi Talli, 3 of the Minxes of Romance made the conference, and unfortunately I didn't, as I had to stay home :( Ah well, there's always next year! Glad you had such a good time!

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  46. Your conference looks like a blast. Did you pitch while you were there?

    Can't wait to read all about your conference.

    :-)

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  47. I think we should have it twice a year!! I loved meeting you in real life.

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  48. Thanks for sharing your conference pics, Talli. I look forward to reading more.

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Coffee and wine for all!