Saturday, 14 May 2016

Wrexham Carnival of Words - Historical Fiction Evening

Wrexham Writers' Group Reception.

I enjoyed a pleasant evening yesterday with another return to Glyndwr University in Wrexham - the home of many events for more years than I care to remember. As a member of the Wrexham Writers' Group - which was born out of the inaugural Carnival of Words Literary Festival event last year - I was invited to a Writers' Group reception to meet a group of authors before the main event .

Paul Jerroett, University Chief Librarian (who also has a radio show on Calon FM - Talking Books) and one of the organisers of the Wrexham Carnival of Words was on hand to direct me to where the reception was being held. Sue Miller of All Words Matter greeted me with hugs. Along with David McCall (historical fiction author David Ebsworth) she has been heavily involved in the organising side of the events.

Fellow writers present were writing for varied genres and were at different stages of their writing journey. It was good to hear, share in, and - yes - learn from their experiences. It was a valuable networking experience. During our conversations our small group was joined by invited author Elisabeth Buchan who gave a lively account of her background in publishing and writing and where she is today. She was very interested in all that we had to share with her. 

The main event of the evening.

After drinks and an excellent light buffet during which Paul introduced us to all the invited authors - E. M. Powell, Alison Morton, Lindsay Davis, Marina Fiorato, and Elizabeth Buchan, we made our way to the small auditorium for the main event of the evening. In all the years I have visited Glyndwr for various events, mostly music band and orchestral concerts in which my daughter and grandson took part at every stage from seven years onwards, I had never noticed this small auditorium tucked away by the entrance. It was an eye-opener.

We were joined by many members of the public who had come to attend the evening. During a panel debate 'My Era is Better Than Yours' chaired Dave McCall, four of the invited authors gave an account of why their era of historical fiction was the best. It was very entertaining to say the least as they battled it out. This was followed by a talk by Lindsay Davis, a history crime novelist. 

Staff from Waterstones Wrexham were on hand in the foyer to allow us to purchase a book or books of choice. As I have had book events at Waterstones I was pleased to see familiar faces.   

Rosalie xx