L Word Covention, Norbreck Castle Hotel,
Blackpool, 14-16 November 2008
We arrived at the Norbreck Castle to register on 13 November. At
this point we had to book and pay for any photographs we wanted
with the stars and any extra pictures we wanted to have autographed.
I chose to book for a picture with Laurel Holloman and Jennifer
Beals at 10:30am the following morning. I also bought two pictures
Jennifer and Bette together from the first season to have autographed.
Angela had suggested we go to the convention as a present to me
for my birthday even though she doesn’t watch the programme.
She knows how much I enjoy it and although she came with me she
stayed in the background.
On Friday the first event was the welcome at 7:00pm. People wandered
in and sat around the round tables. At our table were a lovely couple
called Marg and Chris from Stafford, about 120 miles south of Blackpool.
By the end of the evening we agreed to meet the following day.
At 9:00pm the stars from the show started to appeared one at a
time on the stage to introduce themselves. Jennifer came on stage
and the place went mad. There was a mad rush for the space in front
of the stage to take her picture. The noise was deafening when she
took to the stage as it was for Laurel. She looked visibly shocked
at her reception but she bravely smiled, said a few words and left
The following morning we arrived at the Norbreck at 9:30am to find
out where the photographs were being taken. It was like disorganised
chaos. Where I work we organise the annual degree awarding graduation
ceremonies for 3,500 students and we could have done a better job.
When we picked up our registration the night before everyone should
have been given a map to the ground floor of the hotel as it is
very big and at one point no one seemed to know what was going on
Finally, someone decided to sort out the groups for photographs.
People were called in the groups A, B, C etc which was on the ticket
we had purchased the night before when booking for the pictures.
Eventually, after waiting over an hour it was my groups turn to
queue up. We formed a orderly queue and it was like a conveyor belt
- next was called and you sat on a seat between Jennifer and Laurel
(no touching allowed) had your picture taken and they didn’t
speak to you. I was disappointed that they didn’t want to
talk to people. Jennifer looked smart in her blue trousers and top
and Laurel looked scruffy. One girl in front of me in the queue
for her photograph was dressed like Laurel. Apparently, Rachel Shelley
was really chatty with people when they had their photograph taken
with her and she commented during her question and answer session
about how much she enjoyed hearing people's stories. After I had
had my picture taken it felt flat.
While we were walking about we met Mary from New York (aka AmandaMG)
and Betteandtinaforever. I had my photograph taken with Mary but
Betteandtinaforever was camera shy.
We met up with Marg and Chris again as they were queuing for their
picture to be taken with Jennifer and Laurel. Later we saw them
again when we were all sat listening to Rachel Shelley doing question
and answers in the main hall. Jennifer and Laurel were meant to
be on at 2:00pm but actually came on stage at 3.30pm. The welcome
for them was something else. I have never seen 1600 lesbians, straight
couples and gay men go so wild.
Jennifer was visibly nervous as her and Laurel took the stage.
She was quietly spoken but as the session continued she seemed to
relax. Most of the time the questions were about what they were
going to do now that the series has finished or what had happened
during the filming of the series. At one point Jennifer and Laurel
gave a performance of an orgasm like the ones that were done by
Jennifer and some of the cast last year. The place went wild at
that. By the end of the session Jennifer and Laurel were crying
because it was the end of the show.
Jennifer said that there could be a L Word film, which hasn’t
actually been written yet but appears to be on the horizon. Jennifer
and Laurel hugged strongly for a few minutes on the stage, which
delighted the audience.
Someone asked Jennifer what she would have liked for Bette and
Tina in the future. She said she would have liked for them to go
on and have a second child.
Rachel Shelley had earlier said that you don’t actually see
Peggy Peabody in season six but they talk about her quite a bit.
We enjoyed her question and answer session. She seemed completely
normal and down to earth, which was refreshing. I saw her in a different
light and wish I had booked to have my picture taken with her as
During the question and answers it appears that Leisha is going
to be the pinnacle of a spin off show.
By the end of the session Jennifer looked drained. Later that evening
we queued up again to have pictures autographed by the stars. Angela
queued along with me to have a second photographed autographed for
me. So I am now the proud owner of two autographed photographs and
one with me with them.
I noticed that Jennifer always seemed to be wearing dark colours.
It would have been nice to see her wear something brighter.
Chris, Marg, myself and Angela queued to collected the photographs
we had had taken with Jennifer and Laurel earlier in the day. After
we had collected the pictures and admired each others we agreed
to stay in touch. We gave Marg and Chris our contact details, bid
them goodbye and we all left for our respective hotels. Chris and
Marg were going to attend on the Sunday.
We didn’t go to the last day (Sunday) of the convention even
though we have a pass for the whole weekend as we needed to come
home for a medical appointment for Angela that we couldn’t
break on the Monday.
I think the organisation could be better and more information given
to people when they are registering. I don’t think I would
go to another one as it wouldn’t be fair to Angela as she
wasn’t interested in anything that was going on, she mostly
enjoyed Chris and Marg’s company.
There are plans for another convention, L6, 18-19 September 2009
at the Norbreck Castle Hotel. So far Pam Grier has said she was
going to attend. They are hoping to get Laurel, Jennifer and Rachel