Photographs of fellow writer friends at the Romantic Novelists' Association Awards Ceremony at The Gladstone Library, Whitehall Place, London, March 16, 2015
It was good to see friends from Caerleon, Fishguard and Leicester, as well as others that I only knew on Facebook, including my lovely friend Debbie Viggiano. Debbie kindly offered to beta read Foxden Acres before it was published in 2012. I still refer to her brilliant notes.
|Debbie Viggiano talking to Kath McGurl, Madalyn Morgan, and Sally Quilford|
|Debbie Viggiano and Madalyn Morgan|
|Kath and Debbie|
|Madalyn chatting to lovely Sally Quilford|
Natalie Klienman, Elaine Roberts, Elaine Everest, Viv Brown & Francesca Capaldi Burgess.
Friends from The Writers' Holiday - Caerleon and Fishguard.
|Carole Matthews and Jill Mansell|
As I was leaving, I was able to congratulate authors, Carole Matthews and Jill Mansell who were given, Special Achievement awards. And I was delighted to bump into Carole Blake who was very encouraging about Foxden Acres before it was published, and who introduced me to the amazing Barbara Erskine.
|Karen Aldous and Barbara Erskine|
|Jane Wenham-Jones and Barbara Taylor Bradford|
Jane Wenham-Jones and Barbara Taylor Bradford worked well together; Jane telling us which authors and books were short-listed for awards, and Barbara presenting the awards to the winners.
At the end of the presentations, Barbara referred to writing saying, "... writing a great chapter is better than an having an orgasm." I think every writer in the room related to that - the great chapter that is! Barbara Taylor Bradford was fantastic. A real woman of substance.
|Reception of The Gladstone Library|
Canapes and pink Champagne
The table before we sat down
The London Eye, seen from Embankment Underground station