Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Launching

















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.










9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taylor appears ebullient.

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Blogger Richard Taylor said...

If you read the lastest Brief you will see that there are many Richard Taylors....

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you'd been at Poetry Live last Tuesday, you would've seen Bob Orr, Michael Steven, and Richard Taylor running amuck. . .

10:45 am  
Blogger Richard Taylor said...

You can read (2 at least of) Bobb Orr's poems on the NZEPC site or is it Michelle Leggott's page? Bob has an extraordinary sense of language...

Last Tuesday I read some of my poems including "and" & "The Waste Land"...

Alan Loney was unable to appear...

[I believe he suffers from marginalization, debrieifitis, and australianization)

9:10 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Scott your image you had on this post has gone. Error (some number). You may be able to correct it.

I remember this launch. A lot of water under the bridge but I liked David's books and Ted's I wrote a poem based on reading Ted's book early in the morning when I was in Hamilton as it happened and my responses.

At this launch Ted and I swapped yarns about writers. We both shared / share an enthusiasm for Eliot and so on: but also William Golding and a few others.

'The Spire' and 'Pincher Martin' are two must reads. A lot of people have 'Lord of the Flies' at school and it is a great book, but Golding wrote a lot of other great books. He was also a classical scholar, which I suspect was partly the reason for Ted's interest.

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Blogger Richard said...

Message me if applicable as I want to avoid the Spam that unfortunately accrues like dead insects and ordure on these old posts.

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