When members and friends of the Romantic Novelists’ Association met for lunch in York on 22 March 2103, we weren’t sure if everyone could make it. That morning the snow came down yet again and I waited at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant with some anxiety as to whether or not the event was going to be disppointing. Oh ye of little faith! Within half an hour and wearing boots and warm coats, the girls arrived by train and car. The day before, it had been a rough ride for me on the ferry from Holland. Janice Cairns came all the way from Scotland with hubby Archie. Author, Jean Fullerton spent a couple hours on the train from London. York is a very good venue for those living at opposite ends of the country.
In times such as these, it’s so refreshing to know that the RNA ladies never let you down! It was an amazing afternoon, with people we had all either met before or for the first time through the internet. Networking is so important, even in this most casual of environments. The food was amazing and I hope we can do it again next year. I want to thank all those who made the effort in the awful weather. The event was a huge success.
Below are L-R Shirley Dickson, Hazel Osmond and Christine Marples
York Racecourse at 10am that morning
In the foreground are writers Lynda Stacey and Angela Wren. Background is author, Sylvia Broady, Chrissie Bradshaw, and soon to be published with Safkhet Publishing, Janice Cairns.
L-R Alexandra Weston, Jane Lovering, Samantha Yagiz, Jean Fullerton, and Julie Heslington.