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.
Historical Fiction and its novelists 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 few new friends and found a whole 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 Pam O’Shea, Helen Hollick, Dianne Ashcroft, Margaret George, Anna Belfrage, Alison Morton, C.W. Gortner, Catherine Kullman, Char Newcombe, Holly Elizabeth Stacey, Jean Gill, Marci Jefferson and Hazel Gaynor for a splendid time and many more new contacts and friends.