WORK: The launch

Thank you to everyone who helped me launch my second collection into the world. Below I’ve included publisher Chloe Lane’s welcome speech. All photos by Matt Bialostocki.

I’m very sorry I can’t be with you tonight to help Sarah celebrate the launch of WORK. This one is a particularly difficult one to miss because Sarah is such a dear friend, and I’ve witnessed up close how much time, energy, and heart has gone into making this book.

Additionally tonight is also a big night for Hue & Cry Press. Because WORK, which is Sarah’s second book after her NZ Post Book Awards nomination for A Man Runs into a Woman, is our first “second book.” So for me the publication of WORK also feels like a coming of age of sorts for Hue & Cry Press.

I only have a few thank yous before Sarah, Hinemoana, and guests take over: Firstly, thank you to Sarah for the years of poems you’ve published with us in Hue & Cry Journal, and for trusting us with your first book and now your second. I’m constantly impressed by how much you’re willing to push the boundaries between poetry and fiction, and I’m always bowled over by the depth of feeling and humanness in your writing. I’m excited that this book exists and I have no doubt it’ll find many intrigued and captivated readers.

Secondly, thank you to Amy Brown whose generosity, enthusiasm, and edits helped to make WORK its best possible version of itself. I’m sure Sarah would agree with me here. And Hue & Cry Press simply wouldn’t be Hue & Cry Press without the friendship of designers Duncan Forbes and Elaina Hamilton. Once again, Duncan has given us a book of stunning and sensitive design. So, thank you Duncan.

Lastly, thank you to Vic Books for hosting, and for their support and enthusiasm for independent publishing, to Creative New Zealand for helping to fund this book, to Rachel for reading this for me, and to the extended Hue & Cry Press family for making long-distance publishing possible.

Again, I’m sorry I can’t be there, but I hope you all have fun and please make sure Sarah’s drink is constantly topped up. Oh, and buy the book!

Better Off Read recording with writers Therese Lloyd and Pip Adam

Better Off Read recording  with Therese Lloyd and Pip Adam on the afternoon of the launch.

Better Off Read recording with writers Therese Lloyd and Pip Adam

Better Off Read recording.

Luke from Vic Books setting up the mics

Luke from Vic Books setting up the mics.

My husband Jim and son Sam reading before the launch

My husband Jim and son Sam reading before the launch.

WORK launch

Vic Books getting packed!

WORK launch

Novelist Carl Shuker in the crowd.

Books and snacks.

Books and snacks.

Rachel O'Neill doing a beautiful job of reading a short welcome from publisher Chloe Lane who is currently based in Florida.

Rachel O’Neill reading a short welcome from Hue & Cry Press publisher Chloe Lane who is currently based in Florida.

Hinemoana Baker launching WORK

Hinemoana Baker giving an amazing launch speech.

Sam and I listening to Hinemoana launch WORK

Sam and I listening to Hinemoana’s launch speech.

Reading from the poem 'Ghosts'

Reading from ‘Ghosts,’ a long-form poem set in 2035 in Norway’s northernmost town Longyearbyen, which houses one of the world’s doomsday seed vaults. The poem includes dialogue between the characters Diane and Fowler which was read by Therese Lloyd and Matt Bialostocki.

Matt Bialostocki and Therese Lloyd reading from the poem 'Ghosts'

Matt and Therese reading from ‘Ghosts.’

Reading from the poem 'Ghosts'

Reading from ‘Ghosts.’

Signing books and serious book conversations with novelist, Thom Conroy.

Serious book conversations with novelist, Thom Conroy.

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  1. Pingback: Episode 26: The Launch of WORK by Sarah Jane Barnett | Better off Read

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