|me, Becky Moore & Paul Melhuish|
|James Everington, me, Alison Littlewood - Fergus remarked that we were standing under the specials...|
|The gang gathers - from left, Becky, me, Tracy Fahey, Stephen Bacon, Lisa Childs, John Travis and James|
|Alison & me, mid-interview - pic by James Everington|
|Alison & I - relieved...|
|(clockwise) - me, [Steve Bacon & John's heads], Simon Clark, Fergus, Alison and James, at our table for lunch|
|The panel - Claire North, Penny Jones, Stephen Aryun, me|
When the panel was over, Steve & I went to the bar then headed back up to The Box, walking up the stairs and chatting with Simon Clark, who's a genuinely lovely bloke. As we sat down, I finally got to meet Andy Walker who I think I’ve seen at every Con for the last few years and raffle king Ross Warren was ably represented by Lisa (his wife is on the verge of giving birth so he stayed at home). Sarah and Gary co-hosted and, as ever, it made for a very funny and entertaining raffle (and deadpan Pixie, dressed as a Christmas tree, was as priceless as ever), keeping alive the traditionally disrespectful Edge-Lit raffle vibe. Even better, I won this year, a boxed version from PS Publishing of Joe Hill’s The Fireman. Steve also won a set of Midnight Movie Monographs and since he already had the Death Line edition (the one I was after), he gave it to me. Double result!
|As Ask Italian - from left, Phil Sloman, me, Paul, Steve, Gary Dalkin, James, Alison & Fergus|
I’ve always had fun at Sledge-Lit but, as Paul & I discussed on the way home, this year seemed to have a little bit extra with very few of us spending much time in the bar since the quality of the programming and panels was high. I had a great time, it’s always lovely to spend quality time with old friends in such a creative atmosphere and my only regret is missing Sarah’s interview.