|from left - David Roberts, me, Dion Winton-Polak, Tracy Fahey, Yvonne Davies
I saw Sarah Pinborough in Cinema 2 and we said hello, she introduced me to her new partner, I introduced her to David and they talked dogs for a while as we waited for the event to start. When it did, the 50 minutes whizzed by - Gary asked some good questions and Mark was an ideal subject, making for a terrific interview.
|from left - me, Andrew David Barker, Ren Warom, James Everington, David, Neil Bond
|David, Neil & me in the bar
David stayed for the “Worldbuilding: A Team Sport” workshop while I went to the panel Sarah was moderating, on how to plan and develop intrigue in a plot. The turnout was so high we ended up in Cinema 2 again and, having met Angeline Trevena in the corridor, we sat together. The panel went really well, I picked up a couple of ideas for things to do in the thriller I’m currently writing and, again, the time flew.
|from left - me, Donna Bond, Peter Mark May, Sue Moorcroft
Back in the bar, we commandeered two tables in the corner where Sue, Pete & I were joined by John Travis, Lisa Childs, Andrew and CC. David returned and chatted with CC while the rest of us ended up discussing pornography in the 80s, parents discovering stashes of magazines in your bedroom and how easy (or, more often, not) it was to buy them from newsagents. Andrew also brought up the peculiar phenomenon of finding Razzle magazines in bushes - I suggested there might have been a Razzle Tree back then.
|from left - me, Peter, CC Adams, Lisa Childs, John Travis and Sue. James and Georgina Bruce are deep in conversation behind us
|In Ask Italian, from left - me, David, John, Lisa, Andrew, Sue and James
Another great Con, with a great programme of events and some wonderful people in attendance, I loved it and it was terrific to see David, at his very first Con, enjoy himself so much as my writing family quickly embraced him. Roll on Edge-Lit!