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Posted by Tom, August 22, 2014

Cakes and conferences

The Nosy Crow conference is approaching, and as the date nears, all sorts of preparations are being made for the day. And as this is a Nosy Crow conference, that means there’s cake to think about.

For last year’s conference, we promised – some might say foolhardily – to make cakes, with our own fair hands, for EVERYONE who’d attend: over 150 cakes, individually baked, iced and decorated. And I am pleased to say that we did not yield: between Kate and I, the cakes were baked, with a little help from other members of Nosy Crow, and the heroic Tracey Corderoy, who was staying with Kate on the night before the conference.

And having achieved this feat during our debut conference, it seems that it would be miserly not to repeat it. So this year, once again, there’ll be hand-made cakes for everyone in attendance.

But – not wanting to miss an opportunity to needlessly up the ante – there’s more! This year we’re also taking REQUESTS.

If you have a particular favourite flavour of cupcake (and you’re coming to the conference…), let us know in the comments underneath this post, and we will endeavour to make it! I mean, we’re not talking about Heston Blumenthal levels of culinary expertise here (my repertoire doesn’t really extend beyond vanilla, chocolate, or lemon flavours), so there are no guarantees that you’ll get what you ask for, but I’m a firm believer that a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, so we’ll do our best. Really what we’re asking for here are SUGGESTIONS for good flavours of cake. And if all else fails, there’ll STILL be the chocolate, vanilla, and lemon ones.

If you haven’t bought your ticket to our conference yet, you can do so here (they’re selling out fast), or with the form below. Taking place on Saturday, September 13th, it’s shaping up to be a FANTASTIC day, with speakers including literary agent Hilary Delamere, Charlotte Eyre, Children’s Editor at The Bookseller, Waterstones Children’s Buyer Florentyna Martin, Social Media Expert Adam Tinworth, authors Jeff Norton, Helen Peters, and (once again!) Tracey Corderoy, and more.

And as well as cake, there’ll also be morning and afternoon tea and coffee breaks, lunch, and a glass of wine at the end of the day. What more could you ask for?

We hope you can join us – and please, cake suggestions below!