Here I am, at home after the launch, about to go out for a natter with my neighbours.
The launch, at the Scottish Poetry Library, was a joint one with my friend and CoastWord colleague Hannah Lavery. I hadn’t seen the book before I walked in to the Library, so it was lovely to see Sheila Wakefield sitting at the sales table, all set up, and with the author copies of the book all ready for me.
The audience was excellent, with lots of our friends sitting in the front rows. Hannah read first, giving us a variety of the very short, short and longer pieces from her pamphlet, Rocket Girls.
I had decided I would read the beginnings of six of the stories, then the whole of a single story. It felt right to do it that way, and the audience reactions were just what I’d hoped for. I think I’ll do that again at future launches.
This is my sixth publication with Red Squirrel Press/Postbox Press, and my eleventh altogether. I hope there will be more.