A Lovely Day Out at Beaconlit Literary Festival 2014

Yesterday, I took the hour and a half drive to the picturesque Ivinghoe Village, in the heart of the Chilterns, for the Beacon Villages Festival of Books and Writing. I’d been to the festival last year and enjoyed the array of panels and workshops it offered. This year, it promised a wider choice of author talks, workshops and panels and I’d been invited to sit on the crime panel – my first one.

One of the nicest things about attending events like this is catching up with friends. Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with my dear friend Ian Robinson, caught up with the lovely Anne Coates, Alison Bruce and Dave Sivers, and met long term Twitter friend Sue Nicholls in the flesh. And that’s without all the new friends that I chatted to along the way.

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It's Festival Season!

I love this time of year in the UK, when sunshine bursts through the clouds drawing us all outside to make the most of the glorious weather.

Summertime hosts a variety of well known music festivals like Glastonbury, V and Party in the Park, all of which are packed with both famous and up and coming artists – a wide variety of tunes to delight the senses, plus a plethora of stalls and workshops on the periphery to keep you busy during breaks in the acts. There are also a lot of local events too.

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