Updated: Jan 30
When I set out on this journey of becoming a published author there were some things I just didn't consider and a book launch was one of these things! This was un-chartered territory! But I did know one thing, the location - it had to be at my favourite local cafe. I contacted the owner who agreed without hesitation and a date was set. We arranged a meeting and both quickly realised we had no idea as to what was supposed to happen at a book launch! After some research and advice from the publishers we made a plan. The preparation was a mixture of excitement and nerves - read more to find out how it went.
On the 26th January 2020 the launch of The Visiting Book was held at 'The Artisan' a coffee shop located on Newland Avenue in the University Quarter of Hull. My Host was owner Emma who magically transformed the shop from cafe to event space - inviting, cosy and intimate against the drizzly January weather outside. Cake stands filled with petit fours and decorated with fruit, glasses of prosecco, blood orange bucks fizz and sparkling Grape & Rhubarb with a display of 'The Visiting Book' against the backdrop of local art and Tom Misch playing on the speakers. I was even allowed to draw on the windows!!
Guests were greeted with a complimentary thank you envelope and after some mingling The Visiting Book and I were introduced by Jade of Daisa-Co publishers, I took the opportunity to say a BIG thank you to everyone that had helped to get the book to publication.
Guests on the night had the opportunity to view the original visiting book and hear about the creative journey. Everyone was entered into a complimentary prize draw and the draw was made by the youngest visitor on the night Georgia Finn, two lucky people walked away with exclusive framed colour Visiting Book prints. It was such a pleasure to spend the evening with friends, family, and supporters - it was one of those evenings you never want to end, it turns out book launches are lots of fun!
Picture credits @theartisan @melvynmarriott @daisa-co