Orange Roughy Launch

[design by Graham Fletcher]

This is an invitation to Pania Press's very first



No. 6 Hastings Rd,
Mairangi Bay
North Shore City

from 2 to 4 pm
on Sunday 9th March

And what's the book?

is an anthology of poetry and fiction, including contributions by the following writers and artists:

Martin Edmond
Graham Fletcher
Bernadette Hall
Michele Leggott
Bronwyn Lloyd
Thérèse Lloyd
Bill Manhire
Emma Neale
Susannah Poole
Tessa Rain
Richard Reeve
Jack Ross
Tracey Slaughter
Michael Steven
Damien Wilkins

And why are we so anxious to sell this particular title? The text on the bookmark below explains the precise circumstances...

“Better than a sausage sizzle in front of the Warehouse”
– Damien Wilkins

It’s not always that easy for a young writer to make ends meet, especially when she’s far away from home. When we heard that our beloved Thérèse (Tazey to her friends), in Iowa on the 2007-8 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship, was having difficulty paying the bills, we weren’t (unfortunately) able just to write her out a cheque.

Instead we came up with this idea. Why not mobilise all of Tazey’s friends and writing mentors throughout both islands, and ask them to contribute to this little festschrift / anthology?

The response has been fantastic! The book we’ve put together includes unpublished or uncollected work from many of New Zealand’s foremost writers, as well as a stunning set of pageworks by artist Graham Fletcher.

Thanks, then, to all of the contributors, and to everyone who buys the book. Since all of us have donated our time and work for free, you can feel confident that every penny of the money will be going to a very worthy cause.

– Jack Ross & Bronwyn Lloyd.

Yes, it's a fundraiser. So, while of course we intend to wine and dine you in style, we would appreciate it if you came along with that in mind. Nobody involved in this project has taken a cent from it -- all the proceeds, not just all the profits -- are going to Therese in Iowa, so we're really anxious to sell as many of these fine books as possible, at the very reasonable price of $25 each.

More to the point, if you can't make it to the launch, send money or a cheque to Pania HQ and we'll be very happy to dispatch as many copies as you like of the book, post-free within NZ, for exactly the same price. Come on, you know you want it!


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