Showing posts with label Anthology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anthology. Show all posts

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Orange Roughy Sold Out!

[cover design by Graham Fletcher]

The Orange Roughy launch two weeks ago, on Sunday 9th of March, was a great success by any standards.

[Before: setting up the garden]

Michele Leggott spoke briefly about the book, and then gave it a ritual send-off with a touch from her ceremonial tokotoko Poet Laureate's staff. Bronwyn read out a lovely, heartfelt message from Thérèse in Iowa -- and then the rest of us relaxed in the sun, eating, talking and drinking wine. Oh, and a fair number of books appear to have got sold as well.

[During: Michele Leggott & Bronwyn Lloyd launch the book]

Since then, the orders have been coming in thick and fast. Top of the selling pyramid would have to be Peter and Margaret Lloyd of Christchurch (25+), narrowly followed by Greg Lloyd and his able lieutenants Sheryl and Fiona (20+).

[After: Michele in conversation with (l-r):
Greg & Mike Lloyd, Mark Fryer, & Margot Lloyd]

[photographs 1,3 & 4 by June Ross/ 2 & 5 by Greg Lloyd]

On the one hand this is very good news. The whole idea was to make some money very very fast to send to America. On the other hand, I'm afraid we'll have to disappoint those of you who've been putting off ordering a copy.

I'm sorry. We would have held some back if we'd foreseen quite such a rush, but the combination of individually screen-printed, hand-coloured covers with such a star-studded line-up of writers, has proved irresistible.

I know you thought I was exaggerating when I urged you to get in quickly, but they really have all gone now. Better luck next time, with our long-anticipated editio princeps of Michele Leggott's poetry chapbook hello and goodbye ...

Here's the text of Tazey's message:

Hello Orange Roughians!

Thank you so so much to everyone who has come along to today’s launch of
Orange Roughy – Poems for Tazey.

It’s an incredible feeling to know that there are all these lovely folk gathered together to celebrate the launch of this gorgeous Pania Press book.

I don’t want to sound like I’m giving an Oscar acceptance speech, but I really do want to say thank you to everybody involved, but a few people in particular.

Thank you to all the contributors who so graciously offered their wonderful words to this book. It’s humbling indeed to have my poems nestled alongside Michele Leggott’s, Bernadette Hall’s, Bill Manhire’s, Michael Steven’s, Emma Neale’s and …well, I won’t list all the authors because that would take too long … you can read all their marvelous contributions once you’ve purchased at least two copies of the book each!

A big thank you to Graham Fletcher for his cover design and exquisite drawings throughout, and for donating so much of his time over the past few weeks, screen-printing and, get this, hand painting all the little orange bricks on the cover!
What a hero!

Thank you very much to John and June Ross for hosting what is I’m sure a very lovely afternoon tea in their garden.

But most of all I want to say thank you to Bonze (sorry, Bronwyn) and Jack.

What started out as a needy call home for some financial aid, has resulted in the most amazing display of creativity, generosity, sheer hard work and incredible tenacity.

I only know of a smidgen of the long hours and hard work that Bonze and Jack put into this production, but I think it’s such an overwhelmingly generous project and I can’t thank them enough for dedicating so much of their time to this book, and for being so totally awesome (or aaah-sim, as they say here).

I wish I could be there to help celebrate, but I’m definitely there in spirit.

New Zealanders rock!

Loads of love and gratitude to you all


Thursday, February 21, 2008

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!