On Saturday, I was in York for the first RNA Afternoon Tea, arranged for members who might not be able to attend events in London. It was a spectacular venue – the 15thc Guildhall, close to the river. It’s the building in the centre of this photo, in front of the tall tree; you can just make out the top arch of the great central window. Only the walls had been left standing after it was bombed in World War Two, but it was restored in the 1950s.
Inside, tables had been arranged, spread with pretty cloths and decorated with vases of pink roses. Leaning against these was the menu; a lavish four-course spread of sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones. That’s more than you get at the Ritz! Everything was delicious, although there was so much food that all the guests waddled, rather than walked, when it was time to leave.
It was lovely to see some people I knew, and to meet others. RNA members are always friendly and willing to share their experiences of writing and publishing. I enjoyed it all very much, and can’t wait for the next one!