Tomorrow I’ll be off to a conference in Newcastle: “Feminism & Popular Culture” (and it looks as if they have invited only female speakers …). Initially, I thought Newcastle was this big, ugly industrial city and thus, was extremely happy when I found out last week that this is not the case. They’ve got a medieval part (complete with castle) (well, with a name like “Newcastle” I should have expected a castle — duh! *head desk*) and are not too far from the sea, which means I’m going to spent a day on the beach (probably not sunbathing, though *g*). If possible, I’ll also visit Alnwick Castle, which is nearby: I based the library of Troy’s estate in THE LILY BRAND on Alnwick Castle, so of course I have visit it this week!
Another lovely thing about this trip to Newcastle: I’m going to meet LauraV from Teach Me Tonight for the very first time! Yay!
So, all in all, I’m faintly optimistic that it’s going to be a wonderful trip. (But I’m sure I’ve already mentioned that things tend to go wrong when I travel … urghs … at the moment I worry that it might be the hotel, that the reservation hasn’t come through or that the hotel is downright horrible) (And I’ll be all alone!!!! Waaaaaargh!) (No, no, it’s going to be good. I’m sure. Yes, indeed!)