Life at the UK Meet – an example

Every year is different, depending on our venue and what we can arrange for attendees, but for newbie visitors, here’s an example of how the weekend runs.
**all the timings are estimates based on previous years, and shown only as an example.
Attendees will be provided with a full programme at the event, which will also be available on the website.
All panels are optional to attend, but we ask that you don’t disturb a panel that’s already running by coming in and out of the panel rooms.
All the daily events and activities are held in the hotel, in areas that are specifically for the event.

Friday

From 14.00 : Registration starts, usually in a private area or room at the venue hotel. Badges and lanyards will be handed out. White lanyards are available to identify if you want privacy from general photos and social media posts. Free coffee/tea and (hopefully) light refreshments will be available!
Optional food/entertainment may be provided in the evening (a charge will be payable) or attendees can make their own arrangements.

Saturday

9.00 A team of attendee gather to fill the goody bags that we offer for every attendee. Any Spotlight attendees who want to include something in the bags should bring it along by 8.45am.
9.00 Registration is available for anyone who didn’t arrive on Friday.
10.20 A panel in each of two rooms, followed by tea/coffee.
11.40 A panel in each of two rooms, followed by lunch in the hotel.
14.00 An all-attendee panel/discussion in the main room, followed by tea/coffee.
15.00 – 17.00 The Spotlight Attendee Fair: all attendees are welcome to meet their favourite authors/artists and buy from them.
6.30 for 7.00 The Rainbow Dinner is held in the hotel, including entertainment and music, optional tickets can be bought in advance.

Sunday

9.00 A short, interdenominational act of reflection will be held, attendance is optional,
10.10 A panel in each of two rooms, followed by tea/coffee.
11.30 A panel in each of two rooms, followed by lunch in the hotel.
13.30 A panel in each of two rooms, followed by tea/coffee.
14.50 An all-attendee meeting to discuss feedback from the event and ideas for future years, plus a raffle in aid of the Albert Kennedy Trust charity.
The programme finishes around 3.30-4pm, though attendees are welcome to stay until 5 to chat with friends.

Saturday/Sunday

There will be quiet areas provided for attendees to meet friends / spend some time alone.
We have the space to arrange smaller, informal group meetings on writing-related topics.
An official photographer will be available at specified times, offering group shots and author profile photos. These may involve a cost to the attendee.