Event report

2014 Winter Party

Report published 09 January 2015

RNA Chair Pia Fenton speaks to the party guests

Party guests assemble on the stairs

The RNA Winter Party has to be one of the hottest events in the publishing world’s social calendar, and this year’s event was no exception. The Hall of India and Pakistan at the Royal Over-Seas League in St James’s, London was again filled with some of the most talented, amusing and stylish party-goers on the planet – namely, RNA members and their guests!

Chatter and laughter rang out as members greeted colleagues arriving from all over the country to celebrate what has been an exceptional year for the RNA and romance writing generally.

Chairman Pia Fenton highlighted some of 2014’s achievements, including a record attendance at the RNA Conference during the summer, together with an ever-growing membership, including many of our NWS members achieving publishing contracts and moving into full membership. Pia also highlighted that we have lost some members, colleagues and friends this year, and toasted their memory with ‘absent friends’, which was a nice touch, considering 2014 is a significant year for remembrance.

It was good to note that an impressive list of industry professionals also joined the membership to celebrate 2014, with representatives from Endeavour Press, Hodder and Stoughton, Harlequin UK, DC Thompson, Severn House, Transworld, Choc Lit, Orion and Harper Collins, together with over a dozen literary agents and consultants, networking with established best-sellers, emerging talent and novices – the event certainly had a real buzz to it.

And for those who were – or weren’t there – there is a gallery of event images here…


More images can be viewed at the photographer’s web gallery at   


Please login with your own email and the password RoyalOverseas.

Anyone who wishes to obtain a copy of any photograph should contact the photographer Marte Rekaa :  http://mlrphoto.co.uk/

It's a fact

During 2013, the readers for the RNA's New Writers' Scheme critiqued a total of 12,110,357 words.