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Ollie and the Otter Book Launch

It’s official, this is the window at Waterstones, Prince’s Street in Edinburgh today:

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I invite you to the launch of my new picture book ‘Ollie and the Otter‘, illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones on Thursday 9th March at  6.30pm! You can collect tickets from Waterstones in person or order them online via eventbrite here. Here is the lovely book cover:

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It’s aimed at children aged 3 – 6 years but lots of people will be coming without children so if you have some they’re so welcome but you don’t need to borrow any if not. Look here’s a Chris Scott photo from the last book launch I did:

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(see, lots of adults!)

Here’s a bit about the story:

Ollie the osprey loves catching fish but he’s useless at throwing them! And if he can’t throw a fish to Isla, she’ll never become his friend. Can Rory the otter help? A fun book about the loveable birds and animals of the Scottish Highlands.

You can take a sneak peak into the book and read more about it here.

There will be wine and nibbles and books and fun! Hopefully see you there! The cat will be staying at home…

If you’re not too sure what to expect, check out the Can’t-Dance-Cameron book launch photos and blog or The Grouse and the Mouse book launch photos and blog

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Education, Events, nature, storytelling, Writing

 

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The Grouse and the Mouse Book Launch

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Earlier this month I launched my new picture book ‘The Grouse and the Mouse’, illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones. Here are the highlights of the launch thanks to photographer Chris Scott (and to all of you who tweeted your own pictures too!).

We arrived at the venue to discover these amazing birds were already waiting for us:

Eyebrows were painted red, just like Bagpipe the black grouse by Katie Smith. Katie is the friend who the book is dedicated too – read more about that here:
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My lovely editor Eleanor Collins introduced the evening:
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I introduced the audience to the characters from the story, Squeaker the wood mouse, Bagpipe the black grouse and also some of the minor characters – this is the fox from the story:

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I had some help to demonstrate how camouflage works:

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The Grouse and the Mouse launch

I introduced the highland cow from the story, MacMoo with a true of false quiz:
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Most of the audience think what I’m saying to them is MacMoo True:
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But this statement is definitely Poo False:
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Then it was time for the story with actions (Squelch Squelch):
The Grouse and the Mouse launchRound of applause from a lovely audience: The Grouse and the Mouse launch

And then it was a Q and A hosted by poet and friend (with red eyebrows) Elspeth Murray:
The Grouse and the Mouse launchThanks to everyone who asked questions: The Grouse and the Mouse launch

And there were lots of thank yous to be said:
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And then it was book signing, I got to meet my illustrator Kirsteen Harris-Jones for the first time that night too! We signed books together:
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Here are some of my favourite tweets about the event:

Huge thanks to everyone who came along and made the evening so lovely! Special thanks to the children, seeing your reaction and enthusiasm for the book made my night.

Thanks to photographer Chris Scott for these wonderful photos. You can see more photos in the album from the book launch here

The Grouse and the Mouse is published by Floris Books in the Picture Kelpies range. It is for sale now at all good book stores. Help your local independent book store by buying it online from the Hive. If you enjoyed it, please review it on Amazon! You might also enjoy ‘Can’t Dance Cameron: A Scottish Capercaillie Story‘.

 

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Ready to Launch

Tomorrow I launch my second picture book, The Grouse and the Mouse:

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I don’t want to say to much about the story in case you’re coming tomorrow, so for now I’ll just share the text from the back cover:

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Today I’ve felt pretty nervous, I went for a swim earlier to try to swim off my nervous energy. That helped a bit. My friend Katie arrived later today, that helped a lot! This is Katie:

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She’s the friend I’ve dedicated the book to. She cried when she first read the book (in a good way). The Grouse (Bagpipe) thinks he knows what’s best for the Mouse (Squeaker) and keeps trying to get him to change the way he’s doing things

“It must be awful to have such a bendy tail, you need a stick to straighten it out”

and so on. But he’s looking at things from a grouse perspective and his advice isn’t right for a mouse. Squeaker, thankfully, is happy with the way he is. He’s confident enough not to let his friend’s strong opinions persuade him to be anything he’s not.

I’ve not always been confident enough to stand up for myself like that, I’ve found myself being shaped by other people’s opinions (especially people that matter to me) but to the point where I’m not being me. Which isn’t good! It’s something I’m working on – I guess I’m trying to be more like Squeaker the wood mouse. And that’s a journey Katie has been on too, she’d been becoming more and more like Squeaker so that’s why I’ve dedicated the book to her.

Earlier today the stickers arrived, they’re to remind everyone to ‘Be yourself’

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Stickers via schoolstickers.com

I’m more or less ready for tomorrow. My presentation includes Laurie Campbell’s beautiful wildlife photos, here’s a sneak preview of one of them:

Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) male displaying at lek in late snowfall, Spey Valley, Speyside, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, April 2002

Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix) male displaying at lek in late snowfall, Spey Valley, Speyside, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, April 2002

And I’m excited to be using this piece of audio at the launch too – Martin Garnett’s black grouse recording. They sound quite spooky don’t they?:

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There will be a chance to get your eyebrows done in grouse red or any other colour you like. And there will be wine and nibbles and black grouse style bum wiggling and an opportunity to hear the story. The illustrator, Kirsteen Harris-Jones is coming too so you can get your book signed by her and me. Hopefully see you there!

If you don’t have your ticket already, get one here.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2015 in Education, Events, Media, nature, Science, Writing

 

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Can’t Dance Cameron Book Launch

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Last week my first picture book ‘Can’t-Dance-Cameron: A Scottish Capercaillie Story’ launched in Edinburgh. STV Edinburgh wrote about it here. There were a couple of exciting announcements at the launch:

1) Can’t Dance Cameron is on a reprint. That doesn’t normally happen on the day a new book launches – the book was actually out in shops in Scotland a couple of weeks before the launch because of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Thanks to everyone who’s been buying the book.

2) My new book ‘The Grouse and the Mouse’ is out next year – I had to keep that secret until now. I signed the contract at the beginning of August and wrote the first version of the book last year. It’s changed a bit since then and it’s now about ready to go to an illustrator. Very exciting.

Back to the launch, here it is in pictures, thanks to photographer Chris Scott. I’m like Can’t Dance Cameron – afraid I’ll look silly dancing BUT Chris somehow managed to get a photo of me in mid-air – he described it as an ascension shot. And I look, well,… almost graceful.

The Launch

The evening started with drinks, nibbles, networking and chat. People took their seats ready for the launch to begin:

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Intro from Eleanor

The Chief Commissioning Editor at Floris Books, Eleanor Collins introduced people to me and the book:

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Living legend Jonathan Meres did a wee stand-up comedy slot with a giant blue dice:

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There were six comedy stories on my interactions with birds through the ages:

  1. AGE 7 IN THE DEN
  2. BIRD WATCHER BADGE
  3. HITCHCOCK’S THE BIRDS
  4. LEATHER GANNET
  5. FULMAR AUTOPSY
  6. PUFFINS AND MEETING THE QUEEN

We got three stories depending on the dice throw:

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Into the Forest

Then it was me. We went on an interactive journey through the forest to try to find a dancing bird. This is the naughty water squirting squirrel, Hazel Nut:

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Here are the expert volunteers who fanned the smell of the pine forest all around the audience:

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This is an actual giant pine cone – from the USA. We practiced a firework style “ooooh!” and “Ahhhh!” when the pine cone came out – ready for later in the story…

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True or False?

This was a red squirrel true or false quiz – you had to make the shape of a T or an F with your body:

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Football

Then out came the football pine cones – Bethan and Roo volunteered:

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Here’s Bethan kicking the pine cone past the wild cat to distract it. That’s Adele, she’s works at the Botanic Gardens and she’s pretending to be a scots pine.

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Dancing

Then we learnt the dance moves, this is the assertion shot I mentioned earlier. Look at my feet!

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Science Experiment POP!

Then a quick science experiment to make the capercaillie popping noise using an alka-seltzer rocket!

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Music and Dancing

Then we put the dancing together with the music and everyone joined in:

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Here’s a sample of the track, click play below:

Even Roy Gill danced, despite his earlier tweet:

The Story

Then I shared the story with the pictures up on the big screen:

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With some actions along the way:

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Q and A

After that it was time for the Q and A chaired by Bookriot blogger Edd McCracken:

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There were some great questions from the audience including:

  • What inspired the book?
  • What happened to the wildcat?
  • How long did it take to write the book?

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Thanks

Then there were some thank yous, hosted by poet Elspeth Murray:

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Elspeth thanked:

On my behalf and then I said a few thanks to:

  • My writers group – especially Mairi who let me stay in Ullapool (where I wrote the first version of the book)
  • The Scottish Book Trust (they funded the writing of this book via the Reader in Residence post at Leith Library)
  • Katie Pamment the Illustrator
  • Everyone at Floris Books
  • A big thanks went to my amazing editor Eleanor – I gave her some flowers

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I also thanked everyone for coming and for buying books. Finally Kirsten the publicist from Floris came up to say a final thanks – it was a lovely surprise to be given some flowers too!

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Signing

Then a sort of double queue formed, here’s a slightly awkward moment when two people thought they were first in line!

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It was lovely to meet people and sign copies of the book. The illustrator Katie Pamment signed too – it’s not every day you get a first edition signed by the author and the illustrator:

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This is near the end of the queue. By the time we finished all the wine had run out – before I had chance to drink any!

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There are more lovely photos from the event in a Chris Scott album here

Feedback

Lastly here are some of the tweets from the event. Floris books put some together in a storify too, find it here.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Education, Events, nature, Science, storytelling, Writing

 

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Book Festivals in Pictures

Last week was a big week for me. It involved three events at Edinburgh International Book Festival and one event at Inverness Book Festival. These were my first public performances of my new children’s book ‘Can’t Dance Cameron‘. I wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who came along to the events. Here are a few highlights in pictures. I should probably say excuse my excitement over minor details like seeing my name on the signing board – this is all new to me so it still seems very exciting and not quite real!

Event 1: Public Event ‘Dancing Capercaillies‘ at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Oh my goodness, I’m on the board:

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Mum got excited after seeing Cameron on the ‘Today at the Festival’ shelves in the book shop:

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The event kicked off – no photos allowed. But a couple of people snook some pics (don’t blame me), here’s a tweet:

And a photo of the Q and A with my lovely chair, Margaret Bell.

Questions included ‘What inspired you to write the book?’, ‘Why are pine cones bigger in America?’ and ‘How old are you?’

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Then it was signing time! It was lovely to meet so many children and parents. Here’s a picture of me near the end of the signing. That’s Rosie my niece, Poppy my best friend’s daughter and Eleanor Collins, my Editor from Floris Books sitting next to me. She’s on sticker duty – would you like a red squirrel or a capercaillie?

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And this gorgeous wee girl is Hailie, my friend Hazel’s granddaughter. I’m not sure who looks most excited?

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I took a pic of the ‘SOLD OUT’ screen on the way out, it felt good to be up there. It also felt good to have finished one event. I’d been feeling so nervous in the week leading up to it. Like most authors, I spend a lot of time alone. I’m an introvert so planning an event where I dance like a bird on the stage and kick giant foam pine cones is always going to scare me, even if I’ve been working with children for years. So it was good to have that first event under my belt.

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Event 2: Amnesty Imprisoned Writers Series ‘Reading Malala’

Again, no pictures allowed but I wrote about the event here. Thanks to Amnesty for the amazing opportunity to read Malala’s work. People were moved to tears by her words, it was such a privilege to be part of something so worthwhile.

DAY OFF!

I needed one. We went to Craigmillar Castle. These are the lovely people who’d traveled a long way to see me in the book festival. My parents, one of my sister’s and her family and my best friend and her family.

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Event 3: Schools event at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Again, no pictures allowed but I had a lovely time with primary 2 and primary 3 classes from Pentland Primary School. I also had an author portrait taken later that day by photographer Chris Close. Here it is hanging up at the festival next to (can you believe it!?) Jacqueline Wilson!

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Event 4: Public event at Inverness Book Festival 

The lovely people in Inverness Book Festival and Publishing Scotland made me feel so welcome. I was excited to see the programme for the first time:

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Again, no photos allowed during the event but here’s a picture of me and illustrator signing books afterwards. We’re not in a car park – there was a car inside the venue at Eden Court:

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Here we are outside:

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And inside again:

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Thanks to Duncan Charles Clarke Photographer for the Inverness Book Festival Pictures.

More Book Festivals 

Literary Dundee launched their lovely programme yesterday. I’m going to be doing a children’s event on the Saturday 25th October at Dundee Literary Festival. I’ll also be doing something for grown-ups about writing science in Portobello Book Festival (read about my other book for adults that launched this month here). Portobello Book Festival is in October, their programme launches a week today…

Book Launch: You’re Invited

Lastly, if you’re close to Edinburgh you’re invited to my book launch on Thursday September 11th, 6pm. I’d love to see you there. Kids welcome too. Get tickets here.

Massive thanks to everyone at Floris Books, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Inverness Book Festival and Publishing Scotland. Thanks to photographers Chris Close and Duncan Charles Clarke and to my illustrator Katie Pamment. Lastly thanks to everyone who’s supported me and the book at events and on social media! 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Education, Events, storytelling, Writing

 

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Goodbye Changeworks

Friday was my last day at environmental organisation Changeworks.

I’ve been working in the Waste Prevention department for two years. It’s been a total pleasure to work in a passionate and creative team with people I now consider as friends as well as colleagues.

Kathleen my manager made this leaving card, our magic words are ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ so she came up with a new 3 R’s for me (brilliant!). We take worms to nurseries so she’s drawn our wormery (worm house) and me on a banana (we feed banana skins to the worms and sing about in the composting song). My new book is called ‘Banana me beautiful’ and includes artwork of bananas that are people so this card is totally genius!

Thanks to Changeworks for such a great send off, I absolutely love the heather, scarf and butterfly necklace (and love that I was told it’s like I’m flying off as a butterfly, awww!) and it was a lovely night of drinks, food and demonstrating how bad we are at guessing whisky (all I can say is it’s not Laphroaig, and it was…laphroaig!).

My job at Changeworks

I worked visiting Edinburgh schools delivering assemblies, workshops and storytelling. I encouraged schools to finish their food with Mr Silly Sausage, trained eco teams to be Zero Waste Heroes and made paper and compost in bottles. I also spent time developing new resources, organising events, managing projects, writing press releases and writing for the Changeworks website. I delivered training to teachers and local authorities too.

I started full-time at Changeworks in September 2009. In February 2010 I reduced my hours to 4 days a week to have a day to focus on writing. A year later in March 2011 I reduced my hours further to 2.5 days a week and finally decided to make the difficult decision to be a full-time freelancer (yikes!). Changeworks have been incredibly supportive, when my CBeebies programme was taken into development Evelyn brought out the champagne and colleagues later came along to my CBeebies premiere and to my book launch. I am so grateful to them for all their encouragement.

Highlights

There are so many to choose from, here’s my top 10:

On that note, does change work?

Working for Changeworks has totally revolutionised my thinking. I wrote a poem about Energy Saving Light bulbs in response to this change and even jumped in the sea on the 1st January to try to persuade people to consider green new years resolutions. If you knew me before I worked at Changworks, you’ll know this is a big change!

What’s next?

Thankfully this is not really ‘Goodbye Changeworks’. I’ve been working for Changeworks on a freelance basis making films and audio. I’m glad to say this looks set to continue. I’m currently producing a fuel-efficient driving audio feature for the Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centre and making Greenerleith Zero Waste Podcasts that involve Changeworks projects too.

What’s next for me aside from that? Well that’s another blog post…

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Banana me beautiful, Education, Environment

 

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Banana me beautiful: Launched

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 t.co/IdMIErW
    July 11, 2011 6:14:57 AM EDT
  2. Just finished a full run through (in my jammies) IT’S TONIGHT! Argghhh! (: t.co/Vnep1Xn #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! t.co/5govsQf
    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) t.co/rEkx4TY
    July 10, 2011 8:39:48 AM EDT
  7. “@victoriaraimes: Banana me beautiful: The book and the boat: t.co/LaW23Xc” 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! t.co/5NacYbu
    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) t.co/kQWlmUx t.co/r90BdbF
    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 bit.ly/qopMfx
    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 t.co/847pxdP
    July 11, 2011 4:57:05 PM EDT
  19. Monkeycake tastiness!!! @auntyemily t.co/TIbmRBx
    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 t.co/EmUlpvq
    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 t.co/Euz5CFc
    July 11, 2011 3:21:59 PM EDT
  23. Great @auntyemily #BananaMeBeautiful book launch tonight! Emily handing over to @craftygreenpoet: http://yfrog.com/kfi3yglj
    July 11, 2011 6:40:38 PM EDT
  24. @wolct reading a poem by @auntyemily at #bananamebeautiful on energy saving lightbulbs…?!? t.co/jQIpnDX
    July 11, 2011 3:28:26 PM EDT
  25. @auntyemily book launch is amazing. Most fun book launch ever. twitgoo.com/2iw6e8
    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 t.co/gPmULjX
    July 11, 2011 3:24:46 PM EDT
  27. @auntyemily teaching us to be the oak tree we were meant to be… #bananamebeautiful t.co/p9MxNG6
    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 http://instagr.am/p/HdpLw/
    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) t.co/9hDsxd8
    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

THANK YOU TO…

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.

 
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