The event was held at Wales Millenium Centre as part of Literature Wales events programme. Here is the blurb about the event:
"This October will see the launch of Word on the Street, the anticipated second novel by Romy Wood. In Romy’s darkly comic dystopian vision of Cardiff, a pestilence is sweeping the homeless off the streets, while the authorities herd the not-yet-dead into sinister ‘clinics’ in derelict industrial wastelands…until, that is, The Public is no longer immune…
Absurd, profoundly moving, and very, very funny, Word on the Street deals with themes of homelessness, emotional intelligence, mental health and the individual’s right to health care regardless of social standing. A scientific ‘What if’, this novel is also a compelling tribute to the neglected heroism of dermatologists.
Romy is a recovering secondary school teacher. She has an MA in The Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University and lectures in Creative Writing for the Open University and has supported beginner writers in prisons and hostels. She drinks too much Coca-cola, likes to win at Scrabble and walks the tightrope that is Bipolar Disorder.
At the launch Romy will be reading from Word on the Street and discussing the inspirations behind the themes of her novel. Afterwards, she will be available to sign copies of the book, which will be on sale at the event."
Supporting the event was an installation by Bethy Halliwell who graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University this year. I think the texts below speak for themselves without me adding anything.
|Romy Wood signing her book|
|Mark from Cillian Press|
Word on the Street is available in paperback from most retailers at RRP £9.99. Mark is an advocate of the independent bookseller and emphasised the need to keep these businesses going. He also asked the audience to review the book once they have read it. It will be available as an eBook through Amazon at a later date. The paperback can also be ordered through the library service.
I tried my hand at networking and did chat briefly to Mark to get full information on where and how readers can obtain the novel. I was rather cheeky and gave him my card requesting to be kept informed of their new publications and I told him I would be writing about the launch and posting on my blog. I have his permission to use my photographs in this post.
I will be reading the book (on loan from my friend who bought a copy last night) and reviewing it later this month.
I was very pleased to have heard about this event through Cardiff Library service and Literary Wales newsletter.
Later in the month I am attending a crime event organised by Cardiff Library Service. I am hoping these events will become a regular activity and feature on my blog.