What I Learnt At Blogfest

Yesterday I was fortunate to spend the day at Mumsnet Blogfest. It was lovely to catch up with some great friends and attend some amazing sessions. These are some of the things I learnt….

1) That some MPs are not stuffy old posh men. Loved Stella Creasy – down to earth, talks a lot of sense, and has a way with swear words. I hope she found a kick arse ball gown on the way home.

2) That Tim Dowling is very handsome in the flesh, and didn’t mind too much when I publicly declared that I read his column naked.

3) That women are both funny, and can make a living at it. Great stuff from Viv Groskop, Andrea Mann and of course a brilliant close to the day from Jo Brand.

4) That I want to be like A.L. Kennedy and Lionel Shiver. The writers session was my highlight in an all round brilliant day. The whole panel was awesome – very funny, very clever, and utterly inspiring. Though I am not sure anything I write will change your soul, but it may occasionally improve a rainy bus journey.

5) That feminists can’t make jam. I hope we can eat jam, because there was a rather tasty looking jar in the goodie bag. (BTW I think feminists can do what the hell they like, surely freedom of choice is one of the fundamentals of equality, but love how that debate got everybody talking about feminism and what it means for them.)

6) That I get lost a lot in hotels and big conference buildings. Kept sailing past the floor I wanted to be on via escalators, while grasping hopefully in the direction of cocktails. I did get there in the end, thanks for the booze Mark Warner.

7) That I am still a bit disorganised. I did manage to bring a pen and paper. A notebook with a robot on that I found in the teenagers room, and a pen that came in a charity envelope. I dropped the pen into the toilet. Before flushing. I didn’t reclaim it.

8) That bloggers are just as funny, clever and inspirational in real life as they are on the computer screen.

Thank you to the Mumsnet Bloggers team for inviting me along, it was a thought provoking and uplifting day, now to try and put some of it into practice….

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. Lucy Benedict
    November 10, 2013 / 5:18 pm

    You were the highlight of your session for me – thought you were insanely funny, and also incredibly moving when you mentioned your grandfather. ‘Jog on!’

    And the writing session was jawdroppingly inspiring. I feel so fired up to write now that my fingers are itching to get the words out of my head. I feel so privileged to have been able to listen to such passionate and articulate women discuss what it is to be a writer and the bond you create with your readers. It applies to all of us, whether we’re award winning novellists, mums who blog, or just someone arsing about on twitter.

    I’m off to bounce off the walls again and squeal ‘BLOGFEST!!!!’ a few more times.

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 11, 2013 / 8:44 am

      Thank you *hands over bribe owed for such kind words!* The writing session was incredible wasn’t it! Bring on the next conference now!

  2. Actually Mummy...
    November 10, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    God I’m gutted I missed your session. And yes – Feminists can do whatever the hell they like. That’s the whole point, for me

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 11, 2013 / 8:51 am

      Now you had the best reason for being late! Can I just reiterate how gorgeous you looked at the wedding- whoot!! Yes, the whole feminist thing is a bloomin’ kettle of fish sometimes, as we all define it differently, I am with you totally. I find it sad that when we all have the same end goal, equality, there can be so much bickering along the way, we need more live and let live while we focus on the big stuff, like equal pay, and childcare issues etc xx

  3. Eeh Bah Mum
    November 10, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    I couldn’t remember what the actual outcome was on the whole jam thing thanks for clearing it up.
    Have you seen the photos? I might photoshop myself onto the sofa between AL Kennedy & Lionel Shriver as a Christmas card….

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 11, 2013 / 8:53 am

      I think the jam comment was a joke, I hope! I see how making jam isnt a feminist act in itself, but that doesnt mean they are mutually exclusive. I can catagorically confirm that feminists eat jam *munches on toast* And please send me a christmas card, that would be awesome. I am off shopping for a flat cap and pink wellies today…. x

    • November 11, 2013 / 8:46 pm

      Woh there! Not together! You can either channel The Kennedy or The Schriver. If you mix and match, the universe may collapse in a pile of Too Much Awesome.

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 12, 2013 / 10:22 pm

      No? Too much awesome you say?! Am planning on taking over Paris with that look!

  4. Nutritious Deliciousness
    November 10, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    so that was your pen!! Missed your session too, wanted to go to them all, so much to learn 🙂

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 11, 2013 / 8:56 am

      Yeah, sorry about that pen thing… There were so many fab sesions to choose from weren’t there! Hope you had a great day 🙂

  5. November 11, 2013 / 12:03 am

    Gutted I missed you. Spent most of day in clinic. Next year?

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 11, 2013 / 8:57 am

      Next year definitely! We really need to arrange a social meet up, I never get to chat to half the people I would like to at these things! Sounds like clinic was hard work, I am so glad I know nothing so had a free pass to enjoy the day after my panel x

  6. November 11, 2013 / 12:03 am

    Gutted I missed you. Spent most of day in clinic. Next year?

  7. November 11, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    You session was excellent and I agree on the whole choice thing. I’m a bit gutted though that I don’t know how to make jam…

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 12, 2013 / 10:20 pm

      I have not got a clue about jam, but I will defend my sisters right to make it….or something! Despite the ensuing hoo-hah, I enjoyed your session too!

  8. Older Single Mum
    November 11, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    Well done you for your spot on the panel – you went down well and am sorry I missed that bit but glad we got to say hello! 🙂

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 12, 2013 / 10:19 pm

      Thank you, and was lovely to see you, still need that proper catch up chat at some point! x

  9. November 11, 2013 / 11:10 pm

    I wasn’t there, but as a jam-making feminist I’m finding the whole “after-party” debate quite interesting 😉

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 12, 2013 / 10:18 pm

      Yup, that was a bit of a fire cracker that debate!

  10. Pinkoddy
    November 12, 2013 / 10:35 am

    Was lovely to catch up and it was easier to get lost. I was not so organised but luckily the lovely Liz Weston provided me with a pad 🙂

    • Sonya Cisco
      November 12, 2013 / 10:18 pm

      Really enjoyed our Friday night getting to know you better! x

  11. Older Mum
    November 13, 2013 / 10:09 am

    I thought you were fabulous in your session, and funny, and had great things to say. Adored the story telling session – it was wonderful, I came away with goose bumps – could have listened to Alison and Lionel talking all day. Great summary. X.

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