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Glam and glitter…

Some of the shortlisted books

Some of the shortlisted books

Being a writer involves a lot of sitting at a computer in a small room talking to imaginary people in our heads.

But every now and then, we get let out.

This week was THE most glamorous event on my social calendar… the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

But glamour isn’t easy – for some us, the awards night is a lot of hard work.

There is a team of people who organise the awards – collecting the nominated books, sending them to the readers – then collating the scores and doing the maths to find out who is the winner. With my maths skills, I’m not allowed anywhere near that – and rightly so.

There’s a lot of hard work going into making something so smooth and sparkly. I am but a small cog in a very hard working machine.

Getting ready for the big event

Getting ready for the big event

Being a bit of a geek, my job is the technology – specifically the display on the big screen as the shortlists are presented and the winners announced.

There’s a lot of work involved in collecting and processing the images…  not to mention checking and double checking that I spelled everyone’s name right.

See that big screen behind Helen Fielding and Darcey Bussel - that's the bit I did.

See that big screen behind Helen Fielding and Darcey Bussell – that’s the bit I did.

That keeps me busy for several weeks before the event.

On the night, I’m part of the team that gets there early – organising photos, laying out books, checking the table decorations – and triple checking that my spelling on the slides is correct.

Some of us get their hours before the event starts - to set and greet the nominees.

Some of us get there hours before the event starts – to set up and greet the nominees.

The end result was just wonderful….

Emotional speeches from winners - my good friend Kate Hardy and the lovely Imogen Howson

Emotional speeches from winners – my good friend Kate Hardy and the lovely Imogen Howson

 

Helen Fielding was a delight - and such an entertaining speaker

Helen Fielding was a delight – and such an entertaining speaker

 

 

My RNA "bosses" for the glittering event - Chair Pia Fenton (who won an award) and President Katie Fforde

My RNA “bosses” for the glittering event – Chair Pia Fenton (who won an award) and President Katie Fforde

OK – some of those photos were from the RNA’s official photo shoot – because I was so busy doing my bit, I didn’t have time to take any myself once the event got underway.

The winners were all wonderful – and deserve all the praise they get… but so too does the team that helped put this together – you are all stars – each and every one of you. Take a bow.

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