So yesterday was the book launch for Unfurled, the book of 2008 First Chapters - Ngā Wāhanga Tuatahi writer-in-residence programme. It went really well. I volunteered for a reading and found it terrifying, but I'm glad I did. It's been an amazing six months. James George was a great mentor and helped me to solve some writing issues I'd been struggling with. I'm quite pleased with my story in Unfurled, 'The Salt Line'. It was a tough story to approach and I threw it away and started again a couple of times. But I think it works and people seem to like it. Of course, as soon as I saw the book I noticed heaps of things I'd change.
There are a lot of great stories in Unfurled. The book might be a little hard to find, so give us a yell if you want one.
If you live in Manukau and you're interested in writing - ask at your local library about next years' course. If you're not in Manukau, put some pressure on your library to put a programme like this in place. This is the only one in the country and one of only a few in the world, which needs to be fixed.
And yes, I will spend most of next week looking myself up in the library catalogue when nobody's looking...
Update: Photos from the launch