|from left - me, Sue Moorcroft, Ross Warren, Peter Mark May, James Everington|
|from left - Simon Clark, John Travis, Steve Harris, Linda Nagle and me|
|Me, Lisa Childs and Tracy Fahey|
|Me, Richard Farren Barber, Peter|
|picture courtesy of Richard|
Into Cinema One (the bigger theatre) for the Multi Publisher launch - Ross and Simon B with the latter’s novella A Love Like Blood, Justin Park and the Sinister Horror Company with Duncan’s Cannibal Nuns From Outer Space and Pete’s HHB with The Woods, featuring Cate, James, Penny Jones and me (Phil missed the event as it’s his wedding anniversary). I convinced Cate to do a little reading and I hope she enjoyed it, we all read the first page of our stories and I had a great time (hope the audience did), though it was weird hearing your voice then an amplified version of it through the speakers a half-second later.
|Following Cate's reading, as Simon looks on and Duncan finds something more interesting to do.|
from left - James, Penny Jones, me, Cate Gardner, Simon B and Duncan Bradshaw
pic courtesy of Laura Mauro
|Reading from "Compass Wood"|
|Signing a copy as Jay Eales waits - pic courtesy of Sue|
We talked, the food arrived, we ate (it was very nice) and we talked a lot more. All too soon, it was after seven so we headed back to the Quad and into Cinema One, where our group took up most of a row. Dion sat with me and we compared our days. Sarah Pinborough and Tim did the raffle which was as chaotic as ever, though good fun and once again I didn’t win anything - Steve later suggested we call it the ‘curse of the Andromeda’ and I wouldn’t disagree with that. The raffle - and day - ended with Alex Davis doing a little speech. “I’ve got some bad news and some good news” he said before announcing there would be no Sledge-Lit (boo!), though he was running a Ghost event (didn’t quite catch all the details) in its place. However, he finished with the news that Edge-Lit next year would be over two days, which could be very interesting indeed.
|Before the food, with Sue, Peter, Lisa, Richard, Ross and me|
Another excellent Edge-Lit and I thoroughly enjoyed myself - there were a lot of people I only managed to say hello to, who I wish I could have chatted with and there were more I saw briefly across the room and never got to speak to at all. But such is the way with Cons, it all balances out in the end.
A great Con is made up of different things and this one had it all, from the superb organisation by Alex, Pixie and the entire redshirt team to the wonderful company of fine friends and writers, not to mention the incredible burst of creative energy as you soak up the buzz.
Edge-Lit, you and your participants were excellent. Roll on the next one!