An Evening of New Writing

Well, it went marvellously, though I say so myself. Actually I knew it would, because Alayna Munce's book, When I Was Young And In My Prime, is beautiful, strong, poetic and resonant and Maria Jastztrebska is one of my favourite poets, not just because I like her poetry, but because she has a wonderfully intimate and yet powerful reading style which leads the listener into new thoughts and new places with perfect authority. Catherine Mansfield from Telegram Books mc'd us very nicely, and there was a great sense of friendliness and pleasure to the whole event.

Old friends came along and made the evening into a social joy and new friends came along and turned out to be lovely people! Books were sold and signed, wine drunk, flyers collected and tucked into pockets, applause was warm, conversations were warmer still.

And yet - I'm still enough of a wimp to say the nicest thing about the whole evening - for this writer - is that it's over ...

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