Last Wednesday the team behind the Sudan books was interviewed by ABC TV, for a 10-minute segment on 7.30 Tasmania, under the title 'Sharing Stories from Sudan'. We love the resulting video, which can be seen using this link to the ABC archives: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-20/sharing-stories-from-sudan/5540234 (the sound doesn't work in every browser, but works in Internet Explorer).
On Friday we had the launch at the Moonah Arts Centre, which was packed and standing room only! There was a lovely atmosphere and somehow we fitted in a short film about the genesis of the books, a slideshow of Terry Whitebeach's photos of South Sudan, speeches, readings by Sarafino Enadio (narrator of the Boy book) and Paskalina Eiyo (narrator of the Girl book), singing by Paskalina, finger food and superb live music on traditional instruments provided by members of the Madi community. The Writers Centre gave all the women in the creative team a huge and fragrant bunch of flowers - mine was the best bouquet I've ever had - and it was time to sign books. I never made it to the signing table at the back of the room, as I had too many to sign while trying to walk there!
We're all exhausted but extremely happy. A big thank you to the many people who came along to support the launch and the books.
|Paskalina (left) sings and dances to the music of the Madi band|
|Left to right: me, Terry Whitebeach, Sarafino Enadio, Paskalina Eiyo and Chris Gallagher of TWC|
|Members of the audience|
|Marion Stoneman of TWC enjoys the music while selling books|
|I always wanted a wall covered in posters of my art!!!|