14195428_10153606725427132_2639735199043709747_oLast weekend I had the pleasure to take part in my first Historical Novelist Society Conference. The event was held in Oxford and was a fantastic experience.

The setting in such a history-laden city was a big bonus, but I think I still would have had a fantastic time had it been set in the middle of nowhere. It was inspiring to meet fabulous authors – known and unknown to me, listen to passionate and informative speeches and discussions and to learn more about publishing and writing.14192009_10153607535922132_3104578039706605057_n

Historical Fiction and its novelists14192712_10153607536292132_2975655807587049560_n are both very varied and diverse and so were the programme and the participants. I got a chance to catch up with a bunch of extraordinary writers whom I’ve only known thus far as avatars on Facebook and the Internet. I made a fewΒ new friends and found a 14183951_10153611528007132_3016249961376762625_nwhole lot of must-reads books that will keep me busy for a while. I shall report back on my reading experiences via review posts and author spotlights on this blog. Most notably thanks to P14232404_10153611527697132_3096321352484231391_nam O’Shea, Helen Hollick, Dianne Ashcroft, Margaret George, Anna Belfrage, Alison Morton, C.W. Gortner, CIMG_4735atherine Kullman, Char Newcombe, Holly Elizabeth Stacey, Jean Gill, Marci Jefferson and Hazel Gaynor for a splendid time and many more new contacts and friends.Β  IMG_4734

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