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.
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!