As Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Graham said, “Come along inside…..We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place”, and on Monday 21 September it did exactly that. Hosting its first ever Literary Novel Tea, Treloar’s raised over £5,000. Guests enjoyed a delicious champagne afternoon tea, courtesy of Pesto Food, whilst listening to a selection of fabulous and fascinating literary speakers.
First up was a fresh new talent and novelist, Cesca Major, whose recently published debut novel, The Silent Hours, has received rave reviews from the critics. She offered anecdotes about the writing and publishing process alongside hints and tips for all budding writers.
Following Cesca was Lydia Fellgett from Persephone Books. Lydia spoke about Persephone Books’ first fifteen years, about life working at a small publishing company, about women writers in general as well as answering a variety of questions from the eager audience.
Finally, we were wowed by Georgie Newbery, a flower farmer, florist and writer of The Flower Farmer’s Year and Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers. She captivated the audience with practical advice and handy hints whilst at the same time demonstrating how to put together the perfect free standing bouquet.
The Literary Novel Tea was a tremendous success and we would like to offer our thanks to everyone involved: Pesto Food, who very kindly donated the food free of charge, all those who attended and finally the fantastic committee who made the event possible – Rebecca Caplan, Cressida Mizen, Jackie Olivier, Melanie Rose, Melanie Shaw, Stella Wildsmith. And with special thanks to Max and Stella Wildsmith who very generously hosted the event at their home.