On Tuesday night (8.11.16) I went to the launch of Gecko’s Annual (use the search box to find a review on this blog) and it was a great evening.
It was held in the Sustainability Trust Building in Tory Street, Wellington (and that was an excitement in itself – especially the dual toilets sitting prominently on view) and hosted a diverse group of ‘literary’ Wellingtonians (plus some out of towners) including contributors to Annual, adult and children’s writers, booksellers, historians, creative writing tutors, reviewers and – readers.
The evening began with a rendering of the first story in the book sung and put to music by a very able group from Houghton Bay School and followed by ‘speeches’ none of which were too long.
Here are a few snaps I imaged on my mobile - I didn't manage to get pictures of the two editors - Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris - they too were busy rushing about and signing copies.
|Julia Marshall -publisher Gecko Press|
|Susan Price - writer, historian and book collector and John McIntyre - bookseller|
|Eirlys Hunter - writer and creative writing tutor|