Gerry Huntman, the Managing Director of IFWG Publishing Australia, was MC at Kaaron Warron’s launch of her new novel, The Grief Hole, at the Canberra Writers’ Festival (27 August 2016, National Library of Australia).
It was a highly successful event, with more people attending than seating, including guests and attendees, such as Marion Halligan, Isobel Carmody, Carmel Bird, and Robert Hood.
Gerry commenced proceedings with a background to the Dark Phases title series, and the quality of the authors and titles needed to qualify – Kaaron had met the criterion with glowing credentials – World Fantasy Award shortlisted, prestigious Shirley Jackson Award winner, critically acclaimed for her novels and collections to date. He also talked about the motivation of Kaaron approaching a small publisher who had the courage to publish work that would normally be shied away from by larger companies – in this case publishing a title that covered topics of sensitivity in our society – domestic violence, youth suicide – the dark underbelly of society and the human condition.
Kaaron read two excerpts of her novel – the audience was riveted with her words – and the Launch then had a half hour break to mingle and chat with the guests (and Kaaron). Marion Halligan joined the Launch and interviewed Kaaron, interspersed with interesting questions from the audience.
Overall, this was highly successful event, and those who left the the Launch, were clearly happy with the proceedings.
The following are some photos of the event, taken by Cat Sparks: