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A love affair with books…

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Burkle the bear joined me on my Australian-themed stall

 

Can you imagine a whole weekend devoted to romantic novels – filled with people who love reading and writing them?

The lovely market town of Leighton Buzzard was inundated with writers and booklovers this weekend – for the Annual festival of Romantic Fiction.

What fun it was too!For me the weekend started on Friday night – it was party time.

We authors don’t get out much – so it was a total delight to catch up with so many good friends – and to make a whole lot of new ones.

The Girls Night In was at the library… where we heard readings from some authors and talked about books  – writing and reading them.

librarby event

Listening to the lovely Rowan Coleman talking about writing her latest book.

On Saturday, fingers crossed for good weather, a lot of us set up at the High Street Book fair – ready to chat to whoever felt like popping by to talk about books – or eat sweeties.

There were lots of people in both categories.

We then retired to the Green Room café – for afternoon tea …

afternoon tea

The afternoon tea was just wonderful…

….. and more readings from fabulous authors.

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My good friend Jan Jones reads from her award nominated novel Fairlights.

Of course the highlight of the weekend was the Reader Awards Presentation on Saturday night.  It started with some romantic dance performed by the talented kids from the local theatre group…

Getting us in the mood for the awards ceremony.

Getting us in the mood for the awards ceremony.

There were so many wonderful books shortlisted, many of them by my friends or my favourite authors (sometimes they are the same people).  Not everyone can win… but a hearty congrats to those who did take the awards… so well deserved.

The award winners - including my chums Fiona Harper and Jo Thomas.. well done girls.

The award winners – including my chums Fiona Harper and Jo Thomas.. well done girls.

All in all, a fab weekend. I am already looking forward to next year.

 

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15 Responses to A love affair with books…

  • I am extremely sorry for stealing two of your kangaroo keyrings yesterday. They were very cute. It was irresistible.
    From the girl with the samosas.

    • LOL. You are most welcome to the kangaroo keyrings. I am glad they have a good home with you. Tell your Mum the samosas were very good. I hope to see you again. Best J X

  • I’m sure you had a great weekend and the picture of afternoon tea made me drool here in Tennessee!

  • It looks like a lot of fun and I hope I can attend one day! 🙂

    • It wasn’t as big as RT Chanpreet – but really friendly and fun. When you come to the UK one day – we must organise to have you attend some English book events. You’ll love them. J 🙂

      • I’m already excited! I have a feeling I’ll be coming with more books than clothes and leaving that way too!

  • It all looks a lot of fun, Janet. I loved the koala sitting with your books. When I was a child, my teddy bear was, in fact a koala – but honey coloured rather than grey. I hugged him so much that all the fur came off down his front and he became quite threadbare.

    • Elizabeth – I always think slight baldness in a cuddly toy is a sign of how much they are loved. I feel sorry for bears that are quite pristine – they have not been hugged enough.

  • It was a fab weekend, and lovely to catch up and share a table for tea with you. We didn’t even fight over the last scone!

  • It was lovely sharing meeting you and sharing a table with you Janet. I really enjoyed the Festival again this year and it was a great opportunity to meet readers as well as other writers.

    (I did try to leave a comment yesterday, but WordPress hates me!)

  • A great way to spend a weekend. Also a welcome chance to put faces to names at last – which would very much include you. LOL

    Roll on next year!

    John

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