Sorry I didn't get to say goodbye to you. Our first hug at the banquet was a special moment!
Other hot spots for me were:
Aaron Poochigian's speech at the Alan Sullivan tribute - absolutely awesome.
John Beaton's speech at the Alan Sullivan tribute - ditto.
John B and me at the picnic - nothing but laughter
Having Quincy and Aaron all to myself for an hour one morning for a nice chat
And meeting ALL these amazing people (did I really
??? Yes, I DID!): Kate Benedict, Alicia Stallings, Rhina Espaillat, Anna Evans, Rick Mullin, Nemo, Michael Cantor, Julie Kane, Susan d. S, Jan D. Hodge, Chris Childers, Walter Ancarrow, Catherine Tufariello, Maryann Corbett, Dana Gioia, Nick Friedman, Edmund Conti, Jeff Holt, Sam Gwynne, Mike Juster, David Landrum, Barbara Loots, Alex Pepple, Burt Myers, Frank Osen, Jane Satterfield, Ned Balbo, Wendy Sloan, Tim Steele, Melissa Balmain, Claudia Gary and Rob Wright.
I talked to/spent some time with all of them. Some old friends were there whom I haven't named specifiCally. (Failing that, if I met you and haven't named you, I'm really sorry.)
OK, where's the negative bit? Just one, the "Evolve the Conversation" panel. (Oh dear.)
But, otherwise - 100% - A trip across the pond that was well worth making! One regret? Not signing up for the villanelle workshop; it was great, by all accounts.