Is this the end?

Aine and Sarah make cupcakes pretty with pink!
Aine and Sarah make cupcakes pretty with pink!

So that’s it – all the hard work, the blood, sweat and tears have finally paid off and we’ve launched The Glorious Thing! And believe us there was plenty of hard work, sweat and tears. Not so much blood, but wait till we launch our sister publication, the Gothic novella, Olalla, in the autumn…

Anyway, we had a fantastic launch in the beautiful Chapel at Craiglockhart campus. Our Edwardian-themed tea party had the added bonus of guided visits to the War Poets Collection by the fantastic and irreplaceable Librarian, Catherine Walker. We had representatives from the two charities we are supporting, Poppyscotland and Scottish Veterans Residences, as well as many of the great and good from the Edward Clark Trust, Edinburgh libraries and local schools. And of course the tutors and our families and friends were on hand to celebrate the culmination of this fantastic project; we even had a special guest who flew in just for the event!

We had some speeches, but not too many – wise words from Scottish Centre for the Book Director, Alistair McCleery, and then a really lovely speech by our contributor Yvonne McEwen – and everyone ate drank and was merry and left with a party bag in the late afternoon sun.

And of course the books, the beautiful, beautiful books. What can we say: they’re so pretty! And it really means so much to us after all the work we’ve put in to see the finished product, which looks so much better than I imagined.

Yvonne telling us how much she enjoyed the book, while Alistair looks on
Yvonne telling us how much she enjoyed the book, while Alistair looks on

All in all it was a fantastic afternoon, and brilliant way to finish this part of the project, but it just wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of some wonderful people. So to Trish, Catherine, Avril, Dave, Alistair and Yvonne thank you! And to the launch committee (yes, that’s what I’m calling us now), we did amazingly well, so pats on the back all round and thank you ladies!

Is life a thing too glorious to be enjoyed? Maybe so, but we certainly tried our best to enjoy it last Friday!

Us attempting to recreate the iconic WWI photo of officers. We're probably a bit too happy though...
Us attempting to recreate the iconic WWI photo of officers. We’re probably a bit too happy though…

 

Advertisements

Author: thegingersmith

A sometime student, and sometime bookseller. Full-time bookworm.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s