It was billed as a book launch, but it was no such thing. It was a min-con hosted by the inimitable Roz Clarke and Jo Hall
There were readings - awesome ones from Lou Morgan,
and Sophie E Tallis
There was a panel featuring Joanne Hall, KT Davies, Gaie Sebold and Dolly Garland mistressfully (masterfully would be the wrong word to use for this launch!) handled by Cheryl Morgan
And if that wasn't amazing enough there was a fantastic demonstration of martial prowess by Juliet McKenna
and Fran Terminiello
ably helped by her friend Lizzie
Oh and there was food, and drink, and fans, and other local writers (too many to mention, they know who they are), and chatting about books, and the buying of books and old friends and new.
In short it was a fabulous event that sets the bar very high as far as book launches goes (gulp - got to organise one for A Tiding of Magpies!)
The Bristol Book Blog review is here: and I hope to entice some of these brilliant writers to the blog to talk about, well whatever they want to really, but hoping for tales of swords and representation and discoverability.
A big shout out to Sammy Smith who really deserved to be there, but fate intervened. Kristell Ink have done a top job on the book. The cover is even more fantastic than we imagined (get a copy and put it under a blacklight to see why), the quality of the stories is very high and it is a very nice addition to the bookshelf (especially signed by many of the contributors - with others to be stalked and forced to scribble in it at a future date!)