On the afternoon of 4th February 2017, my latest book, Born Between the Lines was launched. The event was held at Islington Central Library in north London—the area I grew up in as a young child.
I opened the launch by thanking the following people highlighted in the Acknowledgements section of the book:
- Tania Charles, who has been my writing buddy for the last two years and who has acted as creative consultant, which included editing and proofreading the manuscript;
- Elaine Miller, who laughed and cried whilst browsing the manuscript and provided valuable support;
- Linda Beever, who consistently checked in with me on how I was progressing;
- Natalia Currie, who has always taken an avid interest in my writing projects.
- Andrew Moore (my son), who with a critical eye helped with the book design.
- Nicola Greenwood, who has, throughout the years, supported a range of my writing projects and poetry events.
- Islington Central Library for providing the room and refreshments.
Nicola Greenwood, Launch Host, (and poet extraordinaire) led the afternoon by providing an inspiring insight into her reflection of the book. The launch theme was Cultural Connections; excerpt readings from two chapters: Socialising and Discovering Jamaica followed.
Nicola weaved these questions in between the readings:
- What drove and inspired you to write this book?
- What was the hardest thing about writing the book?
- What was your favourite part of putting the book together?
- What message is most important?
- What do you want your readers to get from the book?
- What next?
The answers to the above questions are in the following Youtube video:
Thanks to the attendees who came from Berkshire, Dagenham, Kent, London and Watford, which made for a dynamic intercultural dialogue.