Event report

Conference 2014 - A blast at Blists Hill

Report published 21 July 2014

The RNA conference weekend began with two reader events, the second of these a ‘Meet-the-Author’ and Book Fair event at Blists Hill Victorian Town, part of the Ironbridge Gorge museums.  The lovely staff made us feel very welcome and were extremely enthusiastic and supportive!

Authors of historical romance, Regencies, sagas, steampunk and alternative history all got together and put on a great ‘show’ for the visitors passing by the Goods Shed, which was where our stalls were set out.  The large space was transformed with posters, pictures and all manner of artefacts, and proved to be the perfect setting for us.

The displays were as diverse as they were wonderful, with everything from Regency fans and prints, 1940s medical equipment, a model of the Roman Coliseum, Titanic and suffragette memorabilia, Elizabethan musket balls and Georgian scents, to steampunk items and alternative histories.  All the participating authors had gone to great lengths to make the event special, and I think visitors were impressed.  They were certainly spoiled for choice!

There were also some wonderful costumes as a lot of us had dressed up in the fashions of our chosen era, and the attention to detail was wonderful to behold - all in all, it was a brilliant day and we hope to do it again very soon!

Report by Pia Fenton

It's a fact

In 2013, romance accounted for 8% of all book sales and 13% of all fiction book sales by volume.