Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RNA Members Sweep the Board

Hooray! The winner of every author award at the inaugural Festival of Romance was an RNA member.
Sue Moorcroft, Jean Fullerton and Jenny Barden, Awards Organiser

Best Romantic Read Award: Sue Moorcroft, Love & Freedom (Choc Lit)
Best Historical Read Award: Jean Fullerton, Perhaps Tomorrow (Orion)
New Talent Award: Henriette Gyland
Henriette Gyland receives her award from agent Jane Judd

And bestselling author Carole Matthews was inducted into the Romance Reader Hall of Fame.
Kate Allan, Festival Organiser, with Carole Matthews

The Festival took place in a lovely Regency house at Hunton Park, Hertfordshire from 21-22 October 2011, and the awards were presented on the final evening at the sparkling Have a Heart Ball, rounding out a packed programme of workshops, talks, panels, debates and one-to-ones, a chocolate-making demonstration, swimming pool party, cupcake party and an authors’ fashion show, where authors dressed as characters from their books.
Authors' Fashion Show

As just about every sub genre of romantic fiction was catered for, it’s not surprising that an inspired programme and comfortable venue should attract so many RNA members as delegates.

Or that they should have swept the board.


Jan Jones said...

Was fun. Well done, you!

Liz Fielding said...

Well done everyone!

I'm so sorry to have missed this. Must organise myself better next year! This is going to be a next year?

Chris Stovell said...

Congratulations all round!

Charlie Cochrane said...

Cracking event!

Sue Moorcroft said...

Yes, Kate is already making plans and those of us who were at the Festival have been asked to feedback via a survey.

Sue x

Dizzy C said...

Congrats to you all.
Great to see the photos.

I have read both of the winning books and Carole's latest novel.
I will keep my eye out for Henriette Gyland's novel :)


Lyn McCulloch said...

Looks an absolutely fabulous event and many congratulations to all the winners. A great new addition to the writing calendar! xx

Debs Carr said...

Congratulations to the winners.

The festival sounds great fun, I especially love the pictures of the fashion show.

Caroline Bell Foster said...

Congrats to all!

It was an amazing event and great to meet so many RNA members too!

Bluestocking Mum said...

It was a super weekend. Well done to you on your well-deserved success!