Happy New Year to everyone,
I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year celebrations. Mine went something like this:
- Eat your own body weight in cheese & Quality Street sweets
- Watch Christmas telly and be half underwhelmed – you know who you are – and half really enjoying watching old favourites – you know who you are too
- Watch all Harry Potter films between mid December and 30 December
- Make an inordinate amount of food considering we weren’t actually at home on Christmas Day
- Wonder why, if turkey is so great, we only eat it at Christmas
- Drive around the country visiting friends/family/shopping
So, without further mimsying about, I’d like to welcome, Clare London, aka Ginger Spice Organiser to tell us where she got her Spice Girls name from…
Clare London: Um. I’d like to think it’s because I’m feisty, provocative, and look superb in a Union Jack minidress. But duh, I know it’s because I have the reddest hair this side of scarlet *lol*.
Liam Livings: thanks Clare, while I’ve got you, can you tell us why you became involved in UK Meet in the first place, back in the mists of time?
Clare London: I’d been to other conventions in the USA and I really loved the idea of something similar in the UK. I was getting to know lots of authors based in the UK and we were a unique online community already. So despite the shyness that *everyone* seems to suffer, I was determined to attend the first real life meet. It was so heartening and fun and empowering – well, the rest is history. I can’t remember how I got involved in actually organising it. Maybe everyone else took a step backwards when they called for volunteers? LOL
Liam Livings: Are there any things you’ve learned from last year’s UK Meet?
Clare London: Most significantly, that we can grow in size and sophistication and exposure, but STILL keep that very special British flavour of welcome and friendly support. And that there are new friends to be made every year!
Liam Livings: Thanks, Clare. I made some friends at last year’s UK Meet, particularly to keep me upright on my walk through Canal street after a couple of glasses of white wine, but we’ll not dwell on that…Before I go, I just wanted to remind you of the live twitter chats we have planned.
Live Twitter Chats times confirmed
The Writing Family chat will happen on 10 January 16.30 – 17.30 GMT using #ukmeet14 with each tweet you send us.
That’s me, now back to procrastinating about those edits which are calling from my inbox…
Until next time,
Liam Livings xx