Thursday, 19 November 2009

Full Glitz and Gorgeousness

Judy Astley writes about the party that launched the RNA's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Well don’t we RNA folks scrub up well?

The cocktail party launch for Loves Me, Loves Me Not had all of us in full glitz and gorgeousness… and that was just the boys. The venue was the Cavalry and Guards Club on Piccadilly - an appropriately glam location hung all about with portraits of horse-mounted battles, medal-decked generals and Men in Uniform.

Drink flowed. Phil Weedon very wisely photographed all the contributors on the staircase from above for max glamour/ slenderness impact and speeches were generous, warm and… short.
Katie Fforde referred to our Big Fat Gold Book and toasted: 'To Us.' Claire Somerville of HMB called the book 'A pot-pourri of story-telling' and Sue Moorcroft kindly (and surely inaccurately) said that the authors had been ‘absolutely no trouble’ during the book’s compiling. She then thanked - and made a presentation to - Jan Jones, who had so tirelessly read every single contribution to the book.

A fab ‘do’ all round – friendly, fun as well as thoroughly and deservedly celebratory. As I left, I went upstairs to collect my coat and came across a large gathering of dinner-jacketed men. Obviously I couldn’t help imagining them in uniform, scarlet jackets, swords, plumed headgear, gleaming boots… on horseback. Mmmmm….


Blogger Jan Jones said...

It was a fabulous do. Congrats to the organisers and thank you so much for my lovely amber earrings.

20 November 2009 at 09:32  
Blogger Sue Gedge said...

I had a wonderful evening, and I'm thrilled to be in the same anthology as so many
celebrated authors!

24 November 2009 at 06:30  
Blogger Melinda Hammond said...

How I wish I could have been there - sounds super! I have just started reading LMLMN and find it is exactly like a box of chocolates: you say you'll try just one, then go back for another, and another.....

super read!
Melinda Hammond

27 November 2009 at 08:16  

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