Anyone even remotely connected to Twitter-sphere will know that the very lovely (and enviably elegant) Clare Harvey was the worthy winner with her fabulous debut The Gunner Girl. Congratulations Clare and congratulations to all the nominees. It really is a credit to the wonderful RNA New Writers Scheme that so many of us made the list this year and it was an honour to be among such talented company.
My first party experience was everything I expected and along with catching up with my wonderful editor Clare Hey and fabulous new publicist Jamie Criswell, the evening was spent rushing round trying to read name badges and meet as many social media friends In Real Life as was humanly possible in the time available! I always forget to take photos but here is one particularly lovely shot of Helen J Rolfe and Holly Martin that I did manage to snap early on.
|Helen J Rolfe & Holly Martin|
The party ended early, around 9.30 but my traveling companion Jenni Keer and I finally arrived back in Norfolk just after midnight and by then I was exceedingly grateful for the wisdom Jenni had shared the week before. 'Wear flats to and from,' she told me sagely 'and just heels for the event.' Now that really was a great idea!