Perhaps spring - whatever the weather - is the best time of year in which to publish a book. Both of my poetry collections came out in spring. My new poetry collection, Homecoming
, was launched at the Oxfam Bookshop in Micklegate, York, last night. This morning, I saw a rare sight in the back yard - a bumblebee.
I'd like to thank everybody who attended on a cold night: fellow poets, poetry lovers, family, friends, neighbours (especially Pip).
Special thanks go to:
Jamie and Rosa from Valley Press, who are producing five books in five weeks!
I was so delighted with Rosa's introduction that I will be including it in my blog profile. The Valley Press book table was very seductive - with a lovely new Valley Press banner behind it -, and I now have books by Di Slaney, Patrick Lodge, Malene Engelund and Kelley Swain to add to my summer reading list.
Rosa from Valley Press
Hamish at the Oxfam Bookshop
, who was enthusiastic about the launch from the start, and his wife Sheila, whose room setting advice was invaluable. The bookshop has, among other sections, a large range of poetry books, a children's section, and some great postcards and greetings cards. Also lots of 'Divine' chocolate that I can never resist.
Guest readers Amina Alyal
and Oz Hardwick
. Both Amina and Oz write poems that you can't sum up in terms of saying easily what they are 'about'. There are usually several surprising and creative connections involved. I am proud to have their endorsements on the back of my book, along with three other excellent poets: David Cooke
, Fiona Sinclair
, who also attended. Even though Andy is very busy he took the time to send out an extra email to remind people to attend.
Terry and Yafa, for the matzos, a kind thought.
And extra special thanks to Chris, Mum and Jon for all their support.
Chris has taken some great photos, which I think show that the Oxfam Bookshop in Micklegate is a nicely-lit venue.
If you have a copy of 'Homecoming'... I hope you enjoy it.