Monday, November 12, 2012

Dunedin launch of Lives We Leave Behind

Last Thursday, in the company of family, friends and book lovers, nurse historian Pamela Wood launched my new novel Lives We Leave Behind at Technique Restaurant, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin. Colleagues and students from the School of Hospitality set up the venue to resemble a military hospital base complete with canteen, flags and sandbags. They also themed the food to match the settings in the novel: NZ, Egypt and France. To signal the French phase, Monsieur R, complete with black beret and heavy accent, entered the room, blew a whistle and welcomed us to France. Bronwyn W-G and Erin from the University Book Shop sold out of books, Bronwyn H connected my Brisbane-based daughter online and Steve took the photos. Then when people left, the students, dressed in army uniforms, presented everyone with a beautiful hand-made paper box decorated with a red poppy and containing a small Anzac biscuit. So a memorable evening for many reasons!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

My new novel Lives We Leave Behind is now in book shops throughout New Zealand and Australia and is also available online. The Dunedin launch takes place on 8 November when students and staff from the School of Hospitality at Otago Polytechnic will host a First World War themed event complete with music and food from Egypt and France, the settings for the novel. A second launch will be held on 6 December in Wellington at the 2012 Ako Aotearoa Symposium followed by a January celebration at Dorothy Brown’s in Arrowtown. By then the novel will be well and truly launched!        

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Painting Exhibition

My youngest daughter Kate has a fabulous new painting exhibition at Gallery 33 Wanaka. This painting is one of eleven which can be viewed on Kate’s website or on Gallery 33’s Prices are available at