!Another 500 copies of Eastbourne: an anthology are heading out into the world, just in time for the last sales before Christmas. Expect them in Eastbourne by close of day today, and everywhere else that’s run out… by Monday.
We sold out of our first print run of 600 in under a week – and Wakefields Digital has been extraordinary in its efforts to reprint for us. Rona Gallery sold half our first print run and is hanging out for more! Here’s a picture of our book in the window of Unity in Wellington. How beautiful it looks.
The people of Eastbourne packed out Rona Gallery on 5 December to launch our first Mākaro book – Eastbourne : an anthology. The collection of poetry, fiction and creative memoir writing by 96 different authors was a hit with over … Continue reading →
Launch day for Eastbourne: an anthology. And here’s the start of the glorious poem that ends the book. Helen Jacobs is launching us. 6.30 pm tonight at Rona Gallery 151 Muritai Road, Eastbourne. Please join us.
It is to the island
and the coastlands
that the shifting light
tethers on a fluid line
weaving water and sand
The point of going away
is always to come back –
thrice deny, and you
to the shells of your sandheaps,
allow that there could be
an old spirit or two
or simply an old love affair
with the harbour playing you in.
February, the Eastbourne sun. The world gathered to watch us break a glass,
hold a bunch of flowers, kiss.
This was the year of making a display, of moving north.
from Young Love posted with permission of the author for Eastbourne
This short, simple, but evocative stanza we have titled ‘Wedding’ in the Eastbourne anthology which is launching on December 5. It is one of two poems by Anna in the anthology, which is an explosion of 96 authors all writing in one way or another about the eastern bays. We’re proud of this book. You can order a copy at eastbournewriting @gmail.com
Today we’re putting the last touches to our book Eastbourne and getting it off to the printer tomorrow. After two years of hard work as an editor and, this year, as publisher, it’s hard for me to make that final full-stop, press save, export, and send to the printer … and I know I’m joined in that by my co-editors Anne Manchester and Maggie Rainey-Smith, and assistant publisher, Paul Stewart.
But do it we must – the book is due to be launched 6.30 pm on 5 December at Rona Gallery in Eastbourne, and the pre-orders are rolling in.
Eastbourne has been an ambitious project with hundreds of submissions and discoveries to sift through and 96 selected authors featured in the book. It has involved hundreds of hours of voluntary work – and has changed us all in some way. We cannot drive into the bays anymore without finding in every bay and landmark echoes of a story or poem included in the book. In Lowry Bay: Kate de Goldi’s Frankie and Gigs running the Zig Zag that was inspired by Kaikoura Track, 12-year-old Lloyd Jones climbing Māhina Bay rock, holiday visitors listening to their gramophones up in the bush (Robin Hyde), Molly Falla’s family looking after penguins in Days Bay, Jenny Hessell watching her grandson on the swing at Bishop Park, John Horrocks thinking of Whitman as he crosses on the ferry, 13-year-old Fiann Blackham describing the shag that ate his goldfish.
Writing the introduction for the book the other day, we editors came to a realisation. Working on the anthology has considerably deepened our appreciation of this place we have chosen to put our feet and of the people who live in it. Fiction, poetry and memoir do that wonderful thing of tricking a person inside the skin of another in a way no other writing can do. How many secrets we’re learnt, eyes we’ve seen through, thoughts we’ve travelled with in our anthology readings. We hope readers of the book feel the same.
Eastbourne is our first book as Mākaro. We have published two books under our Submarine imprint which works with clients to edit and design their books. This is our beginning.