Banana me beautiful: Launched

12 Jul

Pic Greg Macvean, 11/07/2011, Emily Dodd launches her e-book Banana Me Beautiful TSPL

Bloggers, bakers and poetry makers came bearing gifts of banana cake and compostable cups to the Leith Agency barge for the launch of my first book, Banana me beautiful. Thank you to the 80 guests who made last night such an enjoyable occasion. Here are some ace reviews from Helen Caldwell, Susanne Mueller (Innertubemap), Juliet Wilson (Crafty Green Poet), Ali George (12 Books 12 Months) and Ruth Dawkins (Dorky Mum). There are photos from event here and here.

These are my most memorable moments from the evening (now etched upon my memory with a smile):

  • Monkey cakes
  • Sara Sheridan asking the moon to come down for tea (in Owl’s voice)
  • Drew Murphy’s acoustic set
  • Horse noises from the audience
  • Juliet Wilson saying “de-light”
  • The questions in the Q and A
  • Young Dawkins the 3rd hopping like a starling
  • Chatting to Elspeth Murray on the signing coach
  • Alison MacKintosh squeezing the puffin
  • Meeting so many lovely people
  • Looking into the audience, and seeing so many smiles

Here’s a collective story of the event as told through social media, the guests tell it best. Click on the links below to view the photos [view the story on Storify]

  1. Tonight in literary Edinburgh – @auntyemily launches her book Banana Me Beautiful
    July 11, 2011 6:14:57 AM EDT
  2. Just finished a full run through (in my jammies) IT’S TONIGHT! Argghhh! (: #Bananamebeautiful
    July 11, 2011 7:23:06 AM EDT
  3. @auntyemily Well as long as you don’t wear your PJs tonight I’m sure you’ll be fine! All the best for the launch, have fun!
    July 11, 2011 7:28:16 AM EDT
  4. Looking forward to @auntyemily book launch tonight! #Bananamebeautiful
    July 11, 2011 7:11:39 AM EDT
  5. .@auntyemily launches her book Banana Me Beautiful on a barge on #waterofleith tonight!
    July 11, 2011 2:36:33 AM EDT
  6. Tiny bananas the size of your fingers vrs big bananas! (Gifts at banana me beautiful, launch tomorrow)
    July 10, 2011 8:39:48 AM EDT
  7. “@victoriaraimes: Banana me beautiful: The book and the boat:” looking forwards to it – well done @auntyemily & thanks!
    July 11, 2011 10:04:09 AM EDT
  8. Looking forward to @auntyemily #book reading tonight- #Bananamebeautiful ! Also excited for banana treats!
    July 11, 2011 4:53:02 AM EDT
  9. @auntyemily Have a fabulous time tomorrow, Emily!!! Will b with u in spirit :-))
    July 10, 2011 9:07:00 AM EDT
  10. Pleased to have 2 of the hottest tickets in town tonight.. The launch of @auntyemily book Banana Me Beautiful…
    July 11, 2011 10:14:29 AM EDT
  11. Congratulations to my very talented friend @auntyemily and good luck for your book launch tonight. I’m looking forward to reading your book!
    July 11, 2011 10:36:43 AM EDT
  12. Lovely friends came to visit with a knitted banana! (Meet Maz & wee Poppy)
    July 10, 2011 11:14:56 AM EDT
  13. Good luck to @AuntyEmily and her book launch tonight. Here’s our feature on her and the book
    July 11, 2011 12:21:23 PM EDT
  14. On my way 2 @auntyemily book launch with @vegware cups in my bag. Sun is shining 4 Emily & her guests. Let the banana night begin 🙂
    July 11, 2011 12:58:15 PM EDT
  15. Looking forward to @auntyemily’s Book launch – on a boat!
    July 11, 2011 1:41:39 PM EDT
  16. Pottering to Leith for launch of @auntyemily’s Banana Me Beautiful, which is on a boat. And is banana-themed. (Launch, not boat. I think.)
    July 11, 2011 1:08:42 PM EDT
  17. Tricky physics problem; how to transport banana muffins by bike to boat for @auntyemily ‘s book launch. Hmmmm
    July 11, 2011 1:52:46 PM EDT
  18. A bright book launch on a Leith boat for @auntyemily, w readings from Young Dawkins, @sarasheridan & @craftygreenpoet
    July 11, 2011 4:57:05 PM EDT
  19. Monkeycake tastiness!!! @auntyemily
    July 11, 2011 2:32:23 PM EDT
  20. @auntyemily giving a plug to @thespurtle – “Alan is really funny” – & so say all of us!!! #bananamebeautiful
    July 11, 2011 3:21:07 PM EDT
  21. life-affirming stuff from @auntyemily tonight *does horse impression* – good luck with the book and thank you for the lovely poems and CAKE!
    July 11, 2011 6:49:42 PM EDT
  22. @auntyemily entertaining me & @allytibbitt with her song/horse impression.. If you have a kindle buy Banana Me Beautiful
    July 11, 2011 3:21:59 PM EDT
  23. Great @auntyemily #BananaMeBeautiful book launch tonight! Emily handing over to @craftygreenpoet:
    July 11, 2011 6:40:38 PM EDT
  24. @wolct reading a poem by @auntyemily at #bananamebeautiful on energy saving lightbulbs…?!?
    July 11, 2011 3:28:26 PM EDT
  25. @auntyemily book launch is amazing. Most fun book launch ever.
    July 11, 2011 4:12:33 PM EDT
  26. Now we’re talking… @auntyemily giving a poem about the emergency cord in the disabled toilet… #bananamebeautiful
    July 11, 2011 3:24:46 PM EDT
  27. @auntyemily teaching us to be the oak tree we were meant to be… #bananamebeautiful
    July 11, 2011 3:31:15 PM EDT
  28. Happy days @auntyemily rocked tonight at the launch of her new book #bananamebeautiful such a talented, funny, beautiful and cool lady
    July 11, 2011 6:06:22 PM EDT
  29. View from the Mary de Guise for @auntyemily’s book launch
    July 11, 2011 6:22:35 PM EDT
  30. @auntyemily Great to be at your #BananaMeBeautiful launch. I love your work and felt blessed to be on your banana boat 🙂
    July 11, 2011 6:49:21 PM EDT
  31. Home after a lovely night at @auntyemily’s booklaunch. Met lots of pals from beatblogging days. Everyone asking “what next?” Who knows!
    July 11, 2011 7:21:27 PM EDT
  32. Congrats to @auntyemily for a very fun launch last night (on a boat with cake!) and lovely to see so many twitter faces there too. Sx
    July 12, 2011 3:03:45 AM EDT
  33. Review of the launch of Banana Me Beautiful by @auntyemily (also mentions @sarasheridan)
    July 12, 2011 4:08:34 AM EDT
  34. Very much enjoyed the wonderful Leith launch last night for @auntyemily’s #BananaMeBeautiful
    July 12, 2011 6:09:02 AM EDT
  35. @auntyemily Hardly spoke to you last night, but the talk was great, especially your horse impression. We should meet up for a coffee soon.
    July 12, 2011 5:12:34 AM EDT
  36. Great night seeing DorkyDad, @craftygreenpoet & @sarasheridan reading at the launch of @auntyemily’s book last night! On a boat, no less 🙂
    July 12, 2011 4:17:44 AM EDT
  37. Super lovely launch for @auntyemily’s Banana Me Beautiful on Leith’s sunny shore last night. Nice to see old pals & meet new ones.
    July 12, 2011 6:02:39 AM EDT
  38. @auntyemily lovely to be at your launch last night, it was a very entertaining evening! Thanks for inviting me to be a part of it!
    July 12, 2011 4:12:42 AM EDT
  39. congrats to @auntyemily on exciting launch of #bananamebeautiful last night! am now much better informed about #puffins.
    July 12, 2011 6:20:43 AM EDT
  40. In today’s @edinburghpaper picture highlights: @auntyemily’s book launch is on page 6 whilst a pantomime horse prances around page 2
    July 12, 2011 7:34:08 AM EDT
  41. What made @auntyemily’s book launch rock: a boat, bananas, puffins, strangers, friends, honesty, talent, unpretentiousness, horses, humour.
    July 12, 2011 8:28:45 AM EDT
  42. Thank you all do much for coming & for all the lovely messages & photos, so good to share the evening with you! X #bananamebeautiful
    July 11, 2011 7:31:06 PM EDT

I wanted to extend the thank you speech I gave at the launch so


The Leith Agency for providing a top venue (a boat!), wonderful readers (and top authors) Young Dawkins the 3rd, Sara Sheridan and Juliet Wilson, Alison MacKintosh for opening the evening with a spectacular speech,
Edd McCracken for hosting the Q and A so eloquently, Vegware for providing compostable cups and my Mum and Dad for providing wine to go in them. Drew Murphy for his brilliant acoustic music on the night, Hamish Hibbert for taking top photos (see Banana me beautiful facebook), Lindon at Mosko Hairdressing who cut my hair for the evening and provided half price vouchers for guests at the launch (if you got one, fill in my details at the bottom).

All the folks who’ve helped to promote the book in the build up to the launch. Here’s links to some of the coverage: Edinburgh SpotlightEdinburgh ReporterSTV localEdinburgh City of LiteratureScottish Book TrustGreenerleith and the Edinburgh Evening News. If I’ve missed any, send them to me, I’ll add them.

Lastly, to all the friends who baked banana cakes and to everyone else who came along or supported me from afar.

Read more about the launch on my blog here and why I wrote the book hereRead more about me hereBuy the book here.


Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Banana me beautiful, Events, Writing


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17 responses to “Banana me beautiful: Launched

  1. Crafty Green Poet

    July 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    It was a wonderful evening, Emily, thanks for inviting me to read!

    • auntyemily

      July 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Juliet, was great to meet you, thanks so much for your fab rendition of switch and for all your advise before the event (:

  2. Alison

    July 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you for the best book launch ever! So much laughter, fun and CAKE. Good luck for the ‘physical copy’ in 6 months 😉

    • auntyemily

      July 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Alison! Cake is always essential (:

  3. Helen

    July 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    The hopping like a starling was definitely one of my most memorable moments of the evening. And the monkey cake was delicious. It was a great event for a great book. Well done!

    • auntyemily

      July 23, 2011 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Helen, he was a wonderful starling (: thanks for the review too, I look forward to following your brilliant blog.

  4. Sara Sheridan

    July 13, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Yay! It all went brilliantly! Congratulations, Emily, and thanks for letting me be part of it. Sx

    • auntyemily

      July 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Thanks Sara, it was brilliant to have you read at the event and thanks for all the great advice before hand (:

  5. dorkymum

    July 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I can’t wait for the physical copy too – I hope you use that as an excuse to have another cake party on a boat somewhere! xx

    • auntyemily

      July 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Thank Ruth and me too, cake and boats rock!


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