Well, I’m back – back in Wellington from my trip to Melbourne and Canberra, where my co-editor P.S. Cottier and myself launched the anthology we’ve been working on for almost two years, The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry.
Each of us (Penelope | Tim) has already blogged about the Melbourne launch. The Canberra launch last Thursday, held at historic Manning Clark House, was also a success, with 40-50 people in attendance. The photos below show poets Lizz Murphy and John Jenkins reading their poems from the book, although most of the crowd is out of shot in these photos.
UPDATE: Penelope has now posted another eloquent post about the launches and how she feels at the end of them.
I enjoyed my trip to Australia a lot, thanks in very large part to the hospitality of my co-editor and her lovely family. Now I have a couple of solid weeks ahead of me as the judge of the Open Section of the 2014 New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition, and then I have some writing to do!
Finally, watch out for some more publicity for Lost in the Museum this coming week – that’s the new fantasy anthology with a touch of horror, set in Te Papa, that includes my story “The Big Baby”.