Four Launches and a Funeral

Over the last couple of months I have been present at four very different launches. They were for a festival program, a literary initiative’s website, a book and a school playground. Let me tell you about them.

The first of the launches was for the unveiling of the program for this year’s ‘A Thousand Words Festival’. And what a great program… featuring the likes of Michael Pryor (The Laws of Magic), Leanne Hall (This is Shyness), Steph Bowe (Girl Saves Boy), Fiona Wood (Six Impossible Things), Cath Crowley (Graffiti Moon), Sally Rippin (Billie B Brown), Tim Pegler (Five Parts Dead) and many more. The launch was held at the Kent St Bar in Fitzroy and was a lovely opportunity to meet the people behind the festival, as well as generally mingle with participants in Melbourne’s literary scene.

Bec Kavanagh launches the festival programme

If you’re interested, the festival is taking place this week, on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September. Check out the festival website for more info and program details.

The second of the launches was the soft launch of The National Year of Reading 2012 (NYR). The official launch will be happening on 14 February at the National Library in Canberra, but they decided to hold a mini-launch to unveil their new-look website and announce the winners of their short story competitions. NYR patron, William McInnes, gave an amusing speech and did a fine reading of one of the winning short stories.

Attendees at the National Year of Reading soft launch

The launch was held at Bialik College in Melbourne. Although the speeches all took place in the auditorium, the drinks, nibblies and mingling took place in the school’s rather fabulous library — a perfect place for such a launch.

The NYR is a terrific initiative with many events taking place throughout 2012. Take a look at their Love2Read website for some more info.

The third launch was actually mine. Around 50 people gathered at the Richmond Library in Melbourne, on Saturday 17 September, to help me celebrate the launch of my new teen novel Gamers’ Challenge. Many thanks to Ford Street Publishing for organising the event and to the one and only Michael Pryor, who launched the book with an eloquent and amusing speech. In case you’re curious, here’s Michael’s speech…

Did you laugh at Michael’s binary joke? If you did — congratulations! You are a true geek!

Finally, on the day after my launch, my kids and I walked down to my eldest daughter’s school for the launch of their new playground. Unlike all the other launches I went to, this one only had one very short speech. The rest of the time was spent playing. 🙂

I like launches! (You may have guessed this already.) They are a great way to celebrate something… anything. I particularly love attending book launches. I say this both as a reader and as a writer. As a reader, it’s an opportunity to hear an author speak, meet him or her and get an autographed copy of their latest book. As a writer I find them a useful networking exercise, as there are usually lots of writers, editors and publishers at these things. Plus they are fun… and there’s usually nibblies and drinks involved!

If anyone has attended any interesting launches lately, leave a comment and tell us about them.

Now, about that funeral… tricked you! No funeral (thankfully). I just needed a catchy title. Feel free to not follow me on Twitter if you feel like I lured you here under false pretences. 😉

Catch ya later,  George

PS. Follow me on Twitter… or I’ll hold a launch for my next blog post.

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George Ivanoff

LITERARY CLUTTER: Bookish bloggings from the cluttered mind and bookshelf of Melbourne author, George Ivanoff. George is the author of the YOU CHOOSE books, the OTHER WORLDS series, the RFDS Adventures and the GAMERS trilogy.

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