Great to be in that London again, especially for a Masterclass (or maybe Mistressclass) with Michele Roberts at The Word Factory, held in Waterstones fabulous bookshop in Piccadilly Circus. It was the coldest day of the year so far in London I reckon, not that we saw much of the daylight and sunshine. No matter, I loved the subject of the writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (born Jan. 28, 1873, died Aug. 3, 1954) known later as just Colette. I confess to knowing little about the French writer and had read nothing. Some homework rectified the latter omission but after Michele’s class I want to know more and read more. Michele has challenged the class to write a piece about intense female friendship and I’m up for that!
It was a very intense day in the company of Alison Hitchcock, Cathy Galvin, Debbie Taylor and my friend and fellow-writer Debbi Voisey. Brilliant advice from Debbie in getting your novel out there, and a finale of Indie press editors who will say that you don’t HAVE to have an agent to get published.
A big thank you to everyone who made us welcome and inspired us. After a 5am wake-up call I was knackered on the train home but sharing a bottle of bubbly with my friend and chatting about our work soon brought me to life again.
Author - June Palmer