Well, I know that Dry Season was published in February, but it seems it’s never too late for a launch event, and I think it’s fair to say that last night was a success. Caipirinhas were mixed, wine was opened, samba was played, and all things Brazilian added to the atmosphere. Oh, and those nerves didn’t get the better of me in the end. Between them, Penny Smith from University of Northumbria and Claire Malcolm from New Writing North helped the discusion proceed with an easy quality, and Sarah McDonnell did a fantastic job of organising, promoting, and somehow being able to be in more than one place at a time. And, of course, my wife managed to round up a few people to attend, spending hours on the phone – which I know is a great hardship for her. Not. In the end there must have been somewhere in the region of seventy or eighty people – so thanks everyone for coming – and the Blackwells stand saw a few books passed across it. The box of Dry Season copies was considerably lighter on its way out of the building. So, once again, thank you to everyone involved, and thanks to everyone who came. It wouldn’t have been the same without you all.