In the end I didn't acquire talent, because I couldn't go to Manchester. But what I hear from Sven, who did go, is this.
It was our third National Gathering; six weeks ago we applied for membership. Our application didn't make it into the agenda, so we couldn't be reviewed by the other co-ops beforehand, and so we're not members of Radical Routes. But we're going to reapply, and lots of us are enthusiastic about getting to the next meeting.
I also hear that the food was amazing! I wish I could have gone. Maybe I can convince Sven to blog about the gathering!