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14/07/2014: The RNA Book Fair at Blists Hill Victorian Town

I have just returned from the RNA conference, which was held at Newport near Telford this year, and I've had a lovely time! The weekend began with a series of reader events, first at Wellington Library where many of our authors took part in talks and activities, and then at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge Gorge where we put on a 'Meet-the-Author' and book signing/selling event. And what a fab time we had!

There were authors of historical romance, Regency romance, sagas, steampunk and alternative history, and the displays were as diverse as they were wonderful! Visitors to the Goods Shed (where the event was being held courtesy of the lovely team at Blists Hill) could come and look at exquisite Regency fans and prints, medical instruments from the 1940's, a model of the Roman Coliseum, Titanic and suffragettee memorabilia, Elizabethan musket balls, Georgian scents and alternative history books of the UK. Our authors had gone to great lengths to make it all as authentic as possible, which was much appreciated.

Many of us had dressed up in costume and I loved every one of them - see photos below - although I have to say that my favourites were the steampunk ones. But everyone looked just right for their chosen period and the attention to detail was brilliant! I really enjoyed the day and I hope all the visitors did too. A huge thank you to Blists Hill for hosting us!

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