My introduction to Ted Jenner's new volume Writers in Residence and other captive fauna has been republished at the Scoop Review of Books.
Ted's book was launched along with David Lyndon Brown's Skin Hunger at Auckland's murky but merry Fordes Bar on May the first in front of an audience of about eighty. Under the ever-watchful eye of MC Jen Crawford I spoke about Writers in Residence, the marvellous Olwyn Stewart introduced Skin Hunger, and Ted and David both gave extended readings of their work. Titus sold around fifty volumes, a stern but relaxed Hamish Dewe nodded in approval after each reading, Michael Arnold looked suave, Richard Taylor remained perfectly sober, Bob Orr stayed drunk, Ted paid homage to Skyler's cover design skills, and Jack Ross sent a package of 'good vibes' from Matakana, where he was holed up giving his own reading. Here are a few rather shadowy photos (click and squint to enlarge them) from the evening.