A night of crime in Bedford Square

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Thrillers, Writing
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I did something today that will change me for ever. I went to my first ever literary seminar. It was at the Bloomsbury Publishing offices in London and it was amazing. I’m not kidding you when I tell you that there were real authors there, people who have actually written books that the public have read and love and keep in their bookcases. And there I was in the same room as them, I was completely dumbstruck.

I arrived hot and flustered from the Tube in time for wine and nibbles and stood like a wallflower, glass in hand, while the other delegates mingled and chatted around me. I must admit I felt just a little out-of-place. Then we were shepherded into the to the grand old salon which is a beautiful room complete with an enormous book-case which runs the entire length of one wall and which is crammed with Bloomsbury first editions. There we listened to a talk by three established and experienced crime writers.

It was chaired by the very talented Claire McGowan whose debut novel The Fall I couldn’t put down and Anne Zouroudi and James Runcie whose books I can‘t wait to pick up.  They gave us tips about plotting, characters and research but more importantly they gave us an insight into their modus operandi as crime writers. I loved every minute of it.

Everyone was friendly too. I said hi to Claire and it’s probably good news that at the time I didn’t know that James Runcie has made a film about J.G Ballard otherwise I might have got a bit scary and stalkery and on top of all that I met lots of other very nice people.

I feel different somehow. I feel like I have come of age as a writer.

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Comments
  1. Totally agree with you Phil. I thought James Runcie was brilliant and I could have listened to his anecdotes all evening – he should be on the telly! Was good to meet you; great minds think alike as I also blogged about the event as soon as I got home!

  2. Agreed – a really good, useful and entertaining evening! The contrasting approaches of James Runcie and Anne Zouroudi were fascinating and show that there is not just one way to strategise the writing process. Very well done to Bloomsbury. I could have stayed there all night.

  3. Sounds like a brilliant evening. I haven’t been to an author’s talk in ages. You’ve inspired me to look out for one!

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