so many RNA members looking forward to the first Romance in the Court event on 26th
May the RNA blog took the opportunity to chat with David Headley, owner of
you for agreeing to answer our questions. Our members are excited about the first
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‘Romance in the Court’. What made you decide to hold this event?
that would compliment our existing events such as Crime in the Court and
History in the Court. Romance in the Court is borne out of our desire to
support women’s fiction and to raise the profile of the brilliant authors who
write in this genre. It’s also a way of saying thanks to both the wonderful
writers who support Goldsboro and our loyal customers.
you tell us what ticket holders can expect from the event?
at Goldsboro will know that we love hosting parties. We make the evening a
relaxed and fun event where writers can meet readers in a relaxed and friendly
atmosphere whilst sipping lovely wine. It really is an evening of celebration.
have a wonderful list of authors in attendance. Will attendees be able to
purchase their books?
authors will have their most recently published books for sale.
did you select the listed authors?
authors who are attending. We asked each publisher to recommend a handful of
authors that they felt most suited to the event.
you held reader events for other genres?
five years we have hosted Crime in the Court; History in the Court &
Fantasy in the Court. They are hugely popular events with up to 500 people
descending on Cecil Court. Both authors and readers love these evenings of
you tell us something about your bookshop?
old. Daniel and I established Goldsboro Books in 1999 in our sitting room in
Newbury, originally as an online bookseller. This soon grew and within 18
months we opened our first shop in Cecil Court. We now have three shops in
Cecil Court and are one of the leading independent booksellers in the UK. We specialize
in signed first editions and nearly every day we have an author visiting to
sign their books.
is your working day like? How do you split yourself between being a literary agent
and owner of a well-known bookshop?
I see myself. I run both companies but the two go hand in hand. I am very organised
and manage my time effectively so that each company gets the very best time
from me. My colleagues are very talented people and all of them help enormously
and without them I couldn’t do it. I have also established a third company,
Bookman and Black, which will launch in Autumn this year. It is an online
bookshop that will provide readers with an alternative
online shopping experience with all the joy and magic of browsing a physical
bookshop, offering the
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knowledge and expertise of the professional bookseller.
It is a very different model to any online bookshop
you aren’t working how do you enjoy your leisure time? Do you have any hobbies?
time, obviously. It is a way I relax as well as keeping up-to-date with what
books are being published. I also love going to the gym and walking with my
partner and our dogs.
you, David. We hope that Romance in the Court will be the first of many events
our members can attend to meet fellow authors.
held on 26th May 6 – 9 PM.
Henry, Katie Fforde, Janie Millman, Judy Astley, Jules
Wake, Jo Thomas,
Manning, Lisa Dickenson, Emma Fraser,
Field, Tasmina Perry, Carole Matthews, Hilary Boyd, Adele
Coleman, Cathy Bramley,
Walters, Stephanie Butland, Catherine Law,
Martin, Eileen Ramsey, Madeleine Reiss, Julie Cohen, Lucy
North, Isabelle Broom,
Rice, Nicola Cornick, Jodi Ellen Malpas,
Evans, Louise Lee, Gill Paul