Poet and Novelist
Well, the Sydney launch of The Keeper of Fish, Keeping Carter and Simon West's The Yellow Gum's Conversion went happily and noisily and no doubt went through Puncher & Wattmann's generous bar tab, too. That's what it's for. Thanks to all who attended - but especially those who bought books, of any of the titles P&W brought along - and for the pleasure of your company that afternoon. In his brief speech David Musgrave announced a snappy shot or two at a recent poetry anthology (yes, that one) but, more importantly, a big year ahead for Puncher & Wattmann's publishing program. Many new titles and some big names joining the list. He even has David Foster's latest Dog Rock novel in the line-up.
It was a flat-out few days for many poets in that fortnight, with launches bursting out everywhere in Melbourne. I attended at least five and had to miss a few others. My own launch of those titles above will be late in February, 2012, at the Bella Union bar, when the next year has started buzzing and the hangovers have settled, ie: time for another one.
Information will be posted closer to the date.