Travels (and walks)

I’m rushing around getting ready to leave for Brisbane in an hour or two, for the IASPR and RWAustralia conferences. I’m driving up today, and tomorrow, the wonderful Sarah Frantz (IASPR President) and I are going to do a day trip from Brisbane to Lamington National Park. I’ve always wanted to explore some of the…

Studying Popular Romance: It Takes Two

I’m delighted to spread the word that the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance is now up and running. People interested in the study of romance in fiction, film, television, etc are invited to join the IASPR – the membership fee is $25USD for the year. The IASPR is sponsoring a conference in…

Congratulations!

Huge congratulations to all the Romance Writers of America RITA and Golden Heart Award finalists, announced yesterday. A special shout-out and extra WOOO-HOOO to the Down-Under contingent: In the RITAs: Lilian Darcy, andBarbara Hannay in the Contemporary Series Romance category; Christine Wells in Regency Historical Romance; the amazing Stephanie Laurens finalling three times in different…

ARRC09

The Australian Romance Readers’ Convention was fantastic! A very enjoyable weekend, well-organised, with a wonderful atmosphere throughout of enthusiasm and friendliness. I think there were about 250 attendees, and it was great to catch up with some writing friends from the Romance Writers of Australia, and especially wonderful to meet so many readers, and the…

Library Lovers’ Day

Tomorrow, libraries across Australia claim Valentine’s Day for their own, and celebrate it as Library Lovers’ Day. I’m heading down to Tamworth in the morning, and will be at Tamworth City Library at 2pm to talk about books, reading, and the importance of stories – and libraries! –  to our communities. Tamworth Angus and Robertson…