It was an absolute privilege to be invited to hold the launch for ‘Burnt Paper Sky’ as part of Bristol Grammar School’s fabulous programme of literary events. Months of careful planning led by Lucy Shepherd resulted in a wonderful evening where friends, family, readers, my publisher and agent all came together to celebrate. Wine, nibbles, the team of student helpers, the band, the bookshop, a wonderful introduction from Mr Roberts and a full house of guests created a brilliant atmosphere and, after a short reading, the questions during the Q&A session were plentiful and interesting. We discussed everything to do with ‘Burnt Paper Sky’ and also heard from Emma Beswetherick, my editor, who could shed light on the process from a publishing point of view. The launch of your first book is a once-in-a-lifetime event and the evening was one I will always remember with a huge amount of fondness and gratitude to everybody who made it so wonderful.
The book launch last week for Gilly Macmillan’s debut Burnt Paper Sky felt like a huge success to me, and it was a privilege to be a part of it – thank you for having me. Book launches, if they happen, have often tended to become quiet affairs, but the room was buzzing with the number of people in attendance. I think over 100 bottoms on seats? I’m already Gilly’s number-one fan, but her reading gave me goosebumps, and the question and answer session could have gone on and on. Thank you to everyone who had the confidence to put up their hand – the questions you asked enabled the discussion about the book to be so positively active.
Emma Beswetherick (Gilly’s editor at Little, Brown)