Was it really only last Friday that I was heading off down the M4 to Bristol for the Folly Farm Writer’s Retreat? It seems more like a month ago, but then, it has been a very busy week, dominated by International Women’s Day last Wednesday.
I was honoured to be asked by Rotary International to give a talk about my personal experience of living with the after affects of polio, in my capacity as a Purple4Polio ambassador, at a tea party held at their central London offices.
The event was supported by Tiptree jam who had donated 52,000 jars of a special ‘purple’ jam and Typhoo tea. The aim was to launch a campaign to raise £1,000,000 which will be doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, making it £3,000,000 in total so far, to continue the incredibly successful vaccination programme that has almost eradicated polio worldwide.
If you want to read more about the event, go to the blog on my website, www.juliarobertsauthor.com this coming weekend, where I will also be unveiling the cover of my new book.
I was in very illustrious company with my fellow guest speakers. Jane Garvey (in the below photo on the right), presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, gave a very insightful and interesting speech about the history of the programme. It started in 1947 and was first presented by a man, would you believe?!
Emily Buchanan (below left) is a former BBC World Affairs correspondent and some of the photos she showed of the conflict and disease-ridden areas of the world that she has reported from, were heartbreaking.
On a lighter note, we were also treated to a delicious Purple4Polio cake made by ‘The Great British Bake Off”s youngest ever contestant, Martha Collison, who, it transpires, lives about a mile away from me… small world. There is another link with GBBO as the former host, Mary Berry, is also a polio survivor.
I should thank QVC for allowing me to swap my shifts around this week, from Wednesday to Tuesday, to enable me to attend, but it did mean I missed QVC’s Inspirational Women event, which I hope you enjoyed? Incidentally, for any men reading this and feeling left out, International Men’s Day is November 19th!
Today I am on air at 2pm with Alison Cork, followed by Meet the Beauty Experts at 4pm, including our Today’s Special Value from Studio10. As an aside, I love the lip pencil in this collection! It’s my current favourite.
Fashion on Friday today at 5pm is with Join Clothes. In case you didn’t know, Fashion on Friday is now repeated at 7pm on the QVC Style channel on a Friday evening for those of you who don’t get home from work in time for the live show.
Speaking of our QVC Style Channel, we have now resumed the live shows at 4pm each weekday. If you love fashion and jewellery these shows are well worth checking out as we occasionally pre-launch our Today’s Special Values. The shows will also feature the Look of the Week, watch this week’s below:
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Click here to see this week’s look and here for a peak ahead at next week’s look.
I’m back in my normal shift pattern now so I will be off this weekend, which is a shame as we have our Spring Gardening Event all day tomorrow.
When I arrived back from my holiday, it was good to see the daffodils coming in to bloom heralding the arrival of spring. We also have pink and white camellias in flower and this little cherry bush that my mum bought us is blossoming too.
Don’t you just love this time of year when it feels like everything is being reborn? The Today’s Special Value is from Richard Jackson and is a mould, lichen and algae cleaner – perfect for cleaning up after the ravages of Winter. I’ll also be missing Sunday’s Today’s Special Value from lovely Lulu with Lulu’s Time Bomb.
So, back to the writer’s retreat I mentioned earlier. I had thought that Debs Flint and I would get to spend some time together, as most of the time at QVC we are ships that pass in the night, but we were both very busy getting some words down for our respective next novels.
It was lovely to meet the other authors, some of whom have had many books published and others who are working on a first draft of their first book. It’s hard to believe the latter was me only two years ago and I’m now about to publish my fourth!
We also had a very enlightening visit from ‘Agent of the Year’ Lizzie Kremer who I was delighted to discover was a fellow vegetarian.
All in all, a varied and busy week – on to the next one now.