I’ve been a member of the RNA New Writer’s scheme a few times now and have found the critique service invaluable. I’ve always wanted to attend one of the many events which are held throughout the year but so far the dates have always clashed with other commitments. However, this year I seized the opportunity of attending an afternoon tea party in York on 30 September. I love afternoon tea, to be greeted with a glass of prosecco won’t be a hardship, and am especially looking forward to hearing the guest speaker, Milly Johnson. I booked this ages ago yet I can hardly believe that next Saturday I will be getting on the train to attend the event. I could drive myself by car and it would be a much shorter journey, but to be honest I don’t want to pass up the opportunity of reading and writing time on the train. After the stresses and strains of the last few months it will be really nice to have some me time and most importantly to be surrounded by fellow writers.