photos from The Lustre Jug launch

Apologies for the wobbly nature of some of the photos – I didn't want to use the flash, so I was forced to use an empty wineglass as a tripod. (Well, eventually it was an empty wineglass …) Clicking on thumbnails will open a larger image in another window. Enjoy.

’tis the season for booklaunches (trala lala la lala la la)

There must be something in the water. Honestly, for a cultural wasteland, Christchurch has a lot going on at the moment! Tonight is the launch of Bernadette Hall's 9th poetry collection, The Lustre Jug (Victoria University Press, rrp $24.99). It's being held in the TelstraClear Club, right in front of the Cathedral. Geoff Cochrane will …

Launch Day minus 2 …

Two days out from Launch Day, and I've started obsessively checking the Metservice website for weather forecasts for Christchurch on Poetry Day. (Not looking great at the moment (southerlies, some rain). Mind you, given their usual level of accuracy, a bad forecast now should make me feel comforted …) Thanks to everyone who has RSVP-ed. Seating …

Launch week (eek!)

Ok, I've started having Launch Stress Dreams. I'm legendary for this sort of thing – it's like my brain works through every possible permutation of what can, may, will, almost certainly won't, should and/or is incredibly-unlikely-unless-we-break-through-into-another-space/time-continuum happen. Seriously. I think I can discard the “room turning into a disco danceoff session, with John Travolta naked” …