It was a lovely, lovely afternoon, filled with warmth, laughter and friendship. Even the heavy rain gave way to sunshine. And there was wine and nibbles (or, to be more precise, home-baked cheese and caraway seed nibbles and rosemary biscuits – thanks to Karin and Davina).
And poetry – did I mention the poetry? A joint launch is a wonderful thing! Karin Koller opened with a welcome and a few words about the story of Soundswrite Press to date. Then it was my turn. I’d written my ‘lesson plan,’ rehearsed and timed my reading the night before (I like near deadlines). I think (I hope) I remembered to thank everyone – family, friends and fellow writers who’ve given me their time, love, support and honest feedback over the years. There were no nerves to get in the way and everyone seemed to enjoy my reading.
I could then relax and really enjoy hearing Davina (D A) Prince talk about, then read her chosen poems from her second full HappenStance collection, Common Ground. And I got my copy signed (already having devoured it, from cover to cover).
Then there was time to chat, sign copies of Beyond the Tune, enjoy the nibbles. And do none of the work involved. A big vote of thanks is due to fellow Soundswriters and two husbands for manning the book table, setting up, tidying away, serving refreshments, taking photographs, etc. And to my wonderful husband, David, for being there – and enjoying it, too!
And here are a few photographs, courtesy of David Prince and Karen Powell: