HWA UK Into the Spring ...

Marie O’Regan talking to attendees at the first HWA Pub Meet. Also attending, L to R: Peter Ray Allison, C.C. Adams, Eric Ian Steele, Jan Edwards, A.K. Benedict, Peter Coleborn.

Saturday, April 9 saw the first HWA UK Chapter meeting, and it was held at what claims to be the most haunted pub in Derby, Ye Olde Dolphin Inne, which dates back to 1530.

Turnout at the inaugural meeting was good. As well as HWA members we had several non‑members interested in joining. We hope that, as we organise or sponsor more events, word will spread and numbers will rise quicker.

Our guest at this first event was supernatural crime writer A.K. Benedict, who read the prologue from her new novel, Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts (Orion), and then answered questions from the audience before we moved on to the serious business of socialising and making friends in person rather than online.

As discussed at that meeting, we're currently in talks with two conventions re: possible sponsorship, as well as organising author events with a number of publishers. Again, more details about those activities as and when they=re finalised, but it promises to be a busy year!

The site can be found at http://www.hwauk.org, and we have a Facebook Group for members. You can also follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HWA_UK.