Monday, 13 June 2011

Flax: Three Launches in One Day

On Saturday Flax made the brave move of launching three new titles in one afternoon. It seemed such a good idea way back when... Fortunately we had the gorgeous space of the Music Room in the Storey in Lancaster to provide a spacious and sunny backdrop to the proceedings, and set up three separate stages for each publication

Flash Mob, Flax026 is a flash fiction anthology of eleven new stories from NW writers. What I love about this anthology is its chape: from surreal/unsettling to tragic to classic comedy. It's mood shifts tremendously and the flow of ten of the eleven authors reading back to back kept that high energy.

A Book Tale, Flax027 is the ebook of the commission Litfest made last year. So the bewitching fairy tale is now available to read from the Litfest website, iBooks or Amazon, and we got another chance to hear Claire read it - in this amazing dress, made by Jennifer Pritchard. When I showed one friend this photo he asked if she was real...

And finally, although running throughout the afternoon, Flax028 - a stopmotion haiku. Made by Maya Chowdhry, with inspiration from several Flax026ers, this is a haiku sown in sprouts, filmed over the week of their growth and then turned into a wierdly absorbing stopmotion film. The poem's about growth, which is why we put it in an inside-out garden shed, what these people are huddled around. I'll get the film up online in the next week or so and add a link then.

So, an exhilerating afternoon of literary entertainment, and a great showcase of that can be achieved in very few words - a testament to the power of words. I'm happy.

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