To be honest, I'd had a few book launch anxiety dreams, but it exceeded all my expectations, a gathering of people from all walks of my life here in Bristol - and some from much further afield, thank you Elizabeth Baines, Calum "Mr National Flash Fiction Day" Kerr and Elaine Chiew for travelling so far!
I didn't really have a minute to chat to people, from the first moment I was sitting at a table, signed copies...
|Me signing books for Sara Davies and George Ferguson|
|Yes, she is no upright piano!|
I said some lovely things back, and talked a bit about how it feels to have a second book, and how this time rather than elated and deeply shocked, I feel really happy and very proud, a different sensation, very very nice. I mentioned how it's important to most short story writers that their stories find good homes, and how I feel that these 56 fictions have found a wonderful home and, although they were written over several years with no thought of a collection, I imagine them inside the book, having a conversation with each other... And then I read a few stories...which I thought were at the more cheery end of the spectrum, but look at their faces, poor dears!:
Some more attendees...
|Fabulous writer friend Ally Kennon and wonderful partner Dan|
|Becky Jones the Biochemist, from the biochemistry lab at Bristol Uni that I was writer-in-residence in.|
|Wonderful writer friend Elizabeth Baines and her lovely partner John.|
|Professor Michael Berry, Galit and Robert|
|Dr Michael Short|
|My mother and my brother, Nick H|
|The excellent Joe "Mr Bristol Short Story Prize" Melia & the lovely Ali Reynolds, one of the BSSP judges|