Bill Manhire read to a packed house at Te Papa yesterday from his hot-off-the-press new Selected Poems. Perhaps the most entertaining part was hearing about an abandoned novel set in parallel universe with Queen Elizabeth getting poetry lessons by post from a certain P Larkin. The reading finished on a stunning reading of 'Hotel Emergencies' that left the audience blinking: "The fire alarm sound: is given as a howling sound do not use the lifts ...."
Lawrence Patchett was welcomed back to his home town of Lincoln with a run-away-success second launch of I Got His Blood On Me.
Kirsten McDougall's launch of The Invisible Rider was a warm family affair. We watched the sun go down and listened to beautiful words while the kids had their own little party down the end of the hall "I'm a dinosaur with wings!".