The second book launch I was involved in was the launch of an anthology of stories and poems for children called ‘Quirky Tales’. The launch was on Saturday 7th December at 2 pm in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh, County Longford. We had the launch there because this is where most of the contributors meet at quarterly SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) social events. It is an ideal place to launch a children’s book because it was a school in a previous life. As well as that the centre is run by two people involved in the book – Ann Gerety Smyth and Annette Corkery, who are cousins and my cousins too.
Eleven people were involved in writing stories and poems for this anthology. For the illustrations we gave a call out to adults and children to send in their illustrations for certain characters and things, by giving a little description of what we wanted. We had entries from the USA, UK and Ireland. We had many contributions from the Gaelscoil (Irish speaking) in Longford, Gaelscoil Longfoirt. Anyone who got an illustration into the book was rewarded with a free copy of ‘Quirky Tales’.
This launch was a fun, fairly informal affair, and was a day for children, their parents / guardians and families. All the illustrations were exhibited on the day, so people could look at them and admire the great artwork.
As people arrived, they were ushered into the biggest inside room to watch the presentation of free books to the illustrators. There was a great turn out for this.
After the free books were given out, some of the contributors read out some of their poems or extracts from their stories in ‘Quirky Tales’.
After the readings we went through to the other room to enjoy sandwiches, buns and cakes made or bought by the contributors. Tea, coffee and soft drinks were served too. People then had a chance to buy their own copies of ‘Quirky Tales’, or to chat. look at the art exhibition, or browse in the centre’s craft shop.