Last Sunday, I finally held the launch for ‘thirty-one small acts of love and resistance’. Yes, it was online in mid-May rather than in a pub in Wolverhampton in March, but that’s part and parcel of adapting to the new normal, isn’t it? In preparation for the event, we filmed several videos of pieces in the book (unpack that statement about how much technology has changed our lives at your leisure) as well as video contributions from my fellow pandemonialists Dave Pitt and Emma Purshouse.
We stocked up on bottles of real ale, and crisps, waited till seven pm, and posted the videos one after the other on Facebook. The hope was to make it as much like a ‘real’ launch as possible (which explains the beer and crisps) and I’m hugely grateful to all the people who turned up to watch, listen, and contribute. My thanks, too, to everyone who chose to buy a copy of the book during or after the event – I know these aren’t easy times for any of us, and spending money on poetry isn’t really top of the list of priorities right now.
If you missed the launch, but would like to see what I’m talking about, you can watch my videos on my Youtube channel, here. If, after watching, you’re persuaded to buy a copy of ‘thirty-one small acts…’ then you’ll find those on sale here. Take care, stay safe, and don’t drive all the way to Durham to sing ABBA, then get your mates to lie about it. It’s not a good look.
Thanks, and best wishes. Steve