On Saturday May 10, Christmas Press celebrated the launch of Two Selkie Stories from Scotland, on our home turf of New England, with a fantastic event hosted in the gorgeous Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard in Uralla.
Both author Kate Forsyth and illustrator Fiona McDonald were present at the launch of their beautiful book, with renowned fantasy author Ian Irvine performing the launch honours to a supportive and enthusiastic crowd of readers of all ages. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a memorable event: to Kate Forsyth and daughter Ella, for flying up from Sydney to celebrate with us (and thanks for the champagne, too!); to Ian Irvine for a fantastic launch speech; to Susan Heaney and John Stangeland of Heaneys Performers in Print for not only being present to celebrate with us, but also providing the fabulous launch banner; to Michelle Wheatley from Readers Companion Bookshop, for providing Kate’s other books for sale; to Victoria Nugent and Lucas Forbes, for the great pre-launch publicity; to Ron Vickress, for the atmospheric Scottish music; and to Teresa, Fiona and Beattie for making the shop such a great place to sell books and have fun! And of course thank you to all who attended.
Most of all, huge congratulations to Kate and Fiona, who have created such a hauntingly lovely book, one that a reviewer, quoting Keats, has called ‘a thing of beauty–a joy forever’.
Below is a gallery of photos from the launch–enjoy!