As can be expected the drinks reception and the dinner was of course a lovely affair. The drinks reception was held in the South Foyer due to the weather but that did not put a damper on the event and the buzz and chatter made one realise that St Hilda’s Crime Fiction weekend has well and truly started. It is always enjoyable to meet up in the SCR
The after dinner speech was given by Val McDermid, which was entitled ‘From Victims, Vixens and Vamps to Valkyries, Vanquishers and Victors’. Unsurprisingly Val had everyone in fits of laughter as she spoke about “Gamechangers of the genre”. Certainly a brilliant start to the weekend.
After the dinner and a brief word from Natasha Cooper who is the Chair for the weekend we duly retired to the SCR where more conversation took place and a chance to mingle with the other attendees.
One always gets the feeling when attending St Hilda’s that you are in a calm and restful place. Once you walk through the gates you tend to forget that the Oxford town centre is less than 10 minutes walk away as you really can’t hear any traffic. It is also lovely to wake up such magnificent views.