Writers, friends, fellow creative writing teachers, former students and family gathered together last night at the wonderful Women’s Bookshop in Ponsonby with Sue Orr to help send her new novel, The Party Line, (Vintage),out into the world. As always, Carole Beu and her team made everyone feel so welcome as they hosted yet another event celebrating local writers. ·
In her clever speech, Fiction Publisher Harriet Allan saluted the courage of our authors drawing parallels with some of the issues Sue deals with in her novel:·‘Being an author, though, is not about following the herd. To mix my metaphors, it’s about sticking your head up — all alone — above the parapet. And when you do stick it up, you can get it shot at, you can get completely ignored or – particularly in NZ – you can get asked, Who the hell do you think you are? ‘Well, my answer to that question is: a very brave person. Just like the girls in this novel, trying to make their individual voices heard above the herd, it takes guts to write a novel. And Sue has the guts of a matador. She’s written about a world she grew up in – her world, our world. She’s written about us.