London Mingling, and launch of The Witch’s Kiss

I love a bit of London. I used to love it for the tourism and the overpriced bottled water, but now I love it because it’s full of Book People. Before I started getting to know writers on Twitter, I maybe went to the capital once a year, if that. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been this year already, and it’s great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met up for Ancient Egypt and pancakes with the astounding Laura Lam (if you haven’t picked up your copy of False Hearts yet, do so. You can also listen to Laura’s interview for the Radio 2 Book Club on the BBC iPlayer), and it was great to talk books and publishing whilst looking at mummies and bones – it was like all my interests combined. I’d never have known Laura if it wasn’t for Twitter, and I’m so glad we got to meet up before she flew back to Scotland!

Guests at the launch of The Witch’s Kiss

Then it was on to the launch of Katharine and Elizabeth Corr’s beautiful book The Witch’s Kiss (Harper Collins). The launch was held in a stunning Saxon church, and it was great to see so many of the authors’ friends and family there to celebrate their book! I can’t wait to get started on it.

Katherine Webber, Lucy Lapinski, Claire Wilson, Cerrie Burnell

Going to London also meant I get to mingle hapily with my agency siblings, and it’s one of my favourite things about going down south, now. So much ‘book stuff’ happens in London that I’m glad I’m near such good transport links to get to it easily, even if it does mean I have to squeeze seeing and doing lots of things into a short space of time.

Guests at the launch of The Witch’s Kiss

Katharine and Elizabeth with their editor at Speech Time! (Thanks Katie, for the photo)

The stunning finished copy

London might be busy and frantic, and I could never live there permanently, but I do love dipping my toes into the publishing circle, and seeing everyone who is otherwise a bunch of pixels on a screen. I think we spend so much time online now, and reading one antoher’s work and books, that seeing the real person can almost be like seeing them for the first time. It’s good to get some distance between the work and the person, and to do that, that means getting physically closer to them.

Tired LD, getting a hot chocolate before my train home…

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