To the conference in general, she gave a mixed review. A plenary session given by a renowned author and brilliant raconteur was well worth the visit. The cattle-market atmosphere of one-to-one appointments she found less inspirational. Most perplexing of all, was a talk on ‘locating your novel’, in which the speaker digressed (not for the first time) to inform his audience that due to government inadequacies over swine flu, they would all be dead by Christmas.
The writer is not yet sure how the conference experience will shape her writer’s journey, but has already taken one salient piece of advice very much to heart.
She will not write in the first person again.