News: Against The Elements Official UK Launch

On Wednesday 29th October, Esme Carpenter offically launched her debut novel Against the Elements in the UK to a small but enthusiastic crowd.
The evening started with a reading of an excerpt from Against the Elements and Esme chatting about the inspirations and themes of the book, and continued with a question and answer session which included conversations about strong female characters, favourite authors, and why teens should read less romance.
Afterwards, she read her short story ‘Azurewrath’ – perfect on the venue’s Hallowe’en open mic night! A cosy evening was had by all and the event was a great success. Thanks to the Sailmakers Arms in Hull for hosting, and to all who came out.

We at IFWG Publishing Australia, are very proud of this title, and especially chuffed with the fact that Esme had written this work when she was in her mid-teens – a talented author indeed. Congratulations, Esme!

News: Sealskin Coast Official Launch

On 30 May 2014 Rowena Evans’ launch of her children’s novel, Sealskin Coast, was held at Cooma Public Library, in the Snowy Mountains (for international readers, it is in the state of New South Wales, Australia).

 

The launch went well with a large turn out, and all available copies were sold. The library staff put a lot of work into it, and said they renewed relationships with several inactive borrowers, and got one or two new ones as well. They bought two copies for their collection and at least one of the local schools has them too.
Rowena, author and illustrator of her novel, did a workshop with a local school that morning and is hoping to do others with nearby schools in the future.
 
They had, depending on the person estimating, between 60 and 100 people there, and the local press (Monaro Post and the Cooma-Monaro Express) took photos. Rowena’s ex-lighthouse keeper friend, Richard Jermyn, made a very nice opening speech and they had a colouring competition – by good chance the winner was one of the children present.

 

We at IFWG Publishing Australia, are proud of this wonderful title, and especially chuffed with Rowena’s efforts in coordinating a very successful launch of her debut solo novel. Congratulations, Rowena!
Guests at Sealskin Coast Launch (thanks to Monaro Post)

Guests at Sealskin Coast Launch (thanks to Monaro Post)

 

Richard Jermyn, a long-time friend of Rowena's, was master of ceremonies

Richard Jermyn, a long-time friend of Rowena’s, was master of ceremonies

 

Richard Jermyn makes a launch speech

Richard Jermyn makes a launch speech

 

Book signing at the Sealskin Coast launch

Book signing at the Sealskin Coast launch

 

Ben Warner was the sound engineer, played bass and guitar and sang on the animation, "The Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry", the song quoted in Sealskin Coast

Ben Warner was the sound engineer, played bass and guitar and sang on the animation, “The Greet Selkie of Sule Skerry”, the song quoted in Sealskin Coast

 

Eleanor Evans, animator in the same production

Eleanor Evans, animator in the same production

 

Some of the children who took part in the colouring competition (Oscar, Rowena, Tayla, Mitch and Izzy)

Some of the children who took part in the colouring competition (Oscar, Rowena, Tayla, Mitch and Izzy)

 

Clipping from the Monaro-Express, reporting on the success of the Book Launch

Clipping from the Monaro-Express, reporting on the success of the Book Launch

News: The Infinity Trap Official Launch

It is with great pleasure to share with you photographs from Ian C. Douglas’ official launch of his recently published young teen science fiction novel, The Infinity Trap

The Infinity Trap’s official launch took place in the Alan Sillitoe Room at Nottingham’s Waterstones. Around 40 guests turned out and the book sold well.

The event kicked off with a speech by Ian on the importance of Science Fiction. For Ian it’s inspirational. Firstly, the genre makes us focus on the secrets of the universe. Secondly, it suggests a better future, where humanity is master of their existence, not slave. And lastly, Sci-fi can be a mirror, reflecting back to us what it is to be human.

Pippa Hennessy, Development Officer for the local Writer’s Studio, grilled Ian on his writing process and the making of the book. The floor was opened up to a Q and A and some lively debate followed about transgressive young adult fiction.

The presentation ended with Ian reading a hair-raising excerpt. This was described as animated and exciting. Then the bubbly was uncorked and the party continued for some time.

The following are some photos taken from the event (noting the majority are published in this post with permission from Tracey Holland).

copyright 2014 Tracey Holland

copyright 2014 Tracey Holland

copyright 2014 Tracey Holland

copyright 2014 Tracey Holland

copyright 2014 Tracey Holland

copyright 2014 Tracey Holland

copyright 2014 Tracey Holland

copyright 2014 Tracey Holland

copyright 2014 Ian C Douglas

copyright 2014 Ian C Douglas

 

Anyone interested in Ian’s excellent book, can visit the publisher’s title page.

News: Kings of Under-Castle Official Launch

It is with great pleasure to share with you photographs from Michael B Fletcher’s official launch of his recently published collection of short stories, Kings of Under-Castle. It was held at 6pm, 6 December 2013, Petrarch’s Bookstore in Launceston, Michael’s home town, and there was a strong turnout. Cameron Hindrum, a noted Tasmanian author and local, was kind enough to attend, conduct an interview with Michael, and provide a spirited reading of an excerpt of one of the stories in the collection, The Pearl. Michael followed with his own reading. There was much laughter from those who attended, at the humour inherent in Michael’s stories.

We applaud Michael’s efforts at his home city, and particularly since he is still recovering from a major operation. We look forward to further launches in state cities to come.

The book stand

Michael in preparation for the launch, at Petrarch’s Bookshop, Launceston, Tasmania

great turnout

Attendees at the launch

a reader coming in character

Some attendees arriving in character (!)

with cameron hindrum

Michael B Fletcher being interviewed by Cameron Hindrum

Cameron Hindrum reading a story

Cameron Hindrum reading from Michael’s story, The Pearl – to much acclaim

Michael B Fletcher reading

Michael reading from his collection

book signing

Michael signing books

Congratulations to Michael, and we hope that locals who missed the launch can turn up at Petrarch’s. We believe the bookshop still has some signed copied for sale.

Those of you who couldn’t attend due to the tyranny of distance, can visit his title page, which includes links to where the title can be purchased.