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Well it’s happened, the launch of my first collection! And what an amazing experience it was!!

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Hosted by The Coffee Pot, which did a great job of catering to everyone’s needs, Rachael Mead did an absolutely fantastic launch for me. I really was quite touched by a number of things Rachael said, and she set the scene beautifully for me to then get up and read six poems from the collection, which from what feedback tells me, I did well! And the crowd liked the fact I gave a bit of context before reading each one, just to explain a little of how and why they came about, so that went down well.

Was I nervous? Yes, but also strangely calm, I think because it was my work and I knew it well, it was familiar, cosy, almost like a safety blanket in case I fell, literally (but I was a good girl and only had one glass of wine before reading, made up for it after though!).

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And surprisingly I sold 30 copies, although I say I it was actually Andreas who was in charge of sales and did it so well. Photos were snapped courtesy of Andrew, Rachael’s partner, so there will be more moments to share and keep and look back on and think, wow, what an incredible night!

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Well I got me some done. Mainly because I was getting fed up of writing my details on any scrap of paper to hand, plus I do think it looks a little bit professional, don’t you?

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So far I have parted with only a few – the obligatory one to the husband, and then a couple were given out at my recent trip to the Mildura Writers Festival, including one to Eileen Chong.

I do have more readings, festivals and workshops booked in to attend and participate in, including the launch of my first chapbook Smashed glass at midnight, so plenty more opportunities to spread the word of my own  🙂