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.