How the heck did the year go so fast? It only seems two minutes since the last York Writer's Christmas bash, but there we all were again spilling out of the function room at Brigantees enjoying the merriment.
Yet again it was a wonderfull evening - and the food and drink kept us well oiled to stay the distance. Around 20 of us made it to the event.
It has been another wonderful year for York Writers and I think that this end of year celebration reflected this. Nick David (pictured below left) has become a published auther again. Andy Humphry - our current Chair (below middle) has has a monumental year bringing York writers from strength to strength in time to step down as Chair and hand over to new blood, Vicki Bartrum (pictured below right).
The dinner was rounded off by a superb speech from author Fiona Shaw (pictured below). We laughed with her and also learned. If you are a British author and want to sell books in the US, the Americans don't think we are any good at contemporary fiction, so you're unlikely to be published if you write about present day Britain. I'm therefore so glad my passion is historic fiction! Apparently that is our forte - horay for Downton Abbey! Still, the advice was write what you love. I second that - life's too short to spend time doing what you don't enjoy.
The aim of the evening was for us all to have a good time, and in that we succeeded too. We challenged ourselves to create a story using all the objects won from the Christmas crackers - with the first line "I love the smell of gunpowder". But then we were having far too much fun just chatting and making merry. Here's some photos taken of the evening's festivities.