Hazel McHaffie

Celebration everywhere

Do you dread the old Secret Santa malarkey? Well, one organisation that has this down to a fine art is the Society of Authors. We rock up for the Christmas lunch bearing one of our own books gift wrapped, pop it on the table before we go in to eat, then collect someone else’s on the way out. And as we’ve all had a convivial lunch together in between we’re agog to see the product of a colleague’s blood, sweat and tears. That’s what I call a meaningful gift.

I’m taking a bit of time out from literary pursuits this week to prepare for three upcoming events I’m masterminding. This includes moving lots of photographs from archives into documents, filling mini bags with frankincense, preparing talks, and plotting itineraries. A welcome change from pouring over tricky prose, and as they say, change is as good as a rest. So I thought I’d give you a little holiday too, and keep this really brief; a few more minutes for you to do your own preparations. Have fun!


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