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The first local launch of TEAW stuffed 72 men, women and children into the basement of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio to listen to Pippa Hennessy, Selina Lock and Ian Douglas talk about the source material and writing approach of their contributions. Generously sponsored by the city’s only independent bookshop and introduced by Five Leaves Bookshop owner, Ross Bradshaw, the event was MCed by Brick, who gave a six minute masterful summary of 16 months hard graft and, after the writers, talked people through the illustration contributions of Kate Houghton and Jenny Linn-Cole, both present in the audience. Wrapping up with a run through the delight of working with Sarah Jones on his Die and Become story, our co-editor managed to weave in the astonishing story of his relationship, through his father, to Field Marshal Sir Douglas ‘Butcher’ Haig. Heavily illustrated with slides from the book, the audience was animated into buying all but three of the 40 copies made available by Soaring Penguin Press, and the order of the final flurry was a mass signing by all six contributors. Our thanks go to all who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the event such an unprecedented success for a local launch, and to those who found the time and energy to start Tweeting about the event before we even got home.

Selina Lock, Jenny Linn-Cole, Pippa Hennessey, Kate Houghton, Ian Douglas and Brick. © John Birdsall Photography

Selina Lock, Jenny Linn-Cole, Pippa Hennessey, Kate Houghton, Ian Douglas and Brick.
© John Birdsall Photography

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Brick discussing the book with a packed audience © John Birdsall Photography

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