Saturday, 9 September 2017

Launch Night of What Was Left Anthology

On Thursday evening I attended the launch of the Anthology What Was Left in Waterstones in Reading. It features the winners and shortlisted stories and flash fiction pieces from Retreat West's 2016 competition and I am proud to be featured it (shortlisted).

Hubby and decided to make a bit of a holiday in Reading and arrived on Monday. We set out the first day to find Waterstones. What a lovely venue - my photo doesn't do it justice. The shop is a former chapel and there is a display about its history downstairs. During the days leading up to launch night we went walking along the Kennet and Avon Canal (there is also a river Kennet) and from Reading to Pangbourne on the Thames Path (about seven miles).

On launch night I put on my best bib and tucker and headed off with hubby to Waterstones. We were greeted by Amanda Saint (Retreat West) and her team and plied with drinks and nibbles. There was a chance to chat with other writers and those who came to support. We then took our places before we were invited to go up to collect our winning copies after which the winners of the flash fiction and short story prize stood up to read their winning pieces. Then it was more chatting and book signing. Oh yes! We signed each other's copy and some locals who came along for a night out also asked for for their books to be signed. One lady had three books she'd bought and asked me to sign each. My first book signing. I loved it. I could certainly get used to this!

And where can I buy this book I hear you say. On Amazon and in Waterstones, Reading.

Many thanks to Amanda Saint of Retreat West, the judges and Waterstones. This was a very proud moment for me and such a lovely night.

No time for a real pose on collecting my book