In August, I held my first ever book launch at Parliament.
It was a terribly emotional and moving experience.. and packed full of joy.
The planning was fun. I was invited to hold the launch at New Zealand Parliament Buildings. The room we were offered was so cool and quirky. It had character and I loved it.
I had a lovely Joy team helping to organise the event:
- My Mum, Joy did all the food and made me a lovely silver futuristic dress
- I had some Joy Agency interns who helped with all the logistics, photography, videos, set up and guiding people around parliament.
- My friend Sokha helped with lots of things including fruit platters and hostessing
- My friends Gill and Julie did book sales and their partners helped at the bar
- My friend Maureen was the MC for the night. Maureen has known me well for five years and has mana, amazing presence, and wonderful speaking skills
- One of the MPs at parliament did a lovely speech
Friends, family and colleagues turned up. It was moving, like my 21st birthday or a wedding party. It was my night. My friend Philippa flew up from Christchurch and friends Italia, Mere and Sara flew down from Auckland.
Maureen introduced me and then MP Annette King spoke. Annette had read my book and summarised the book so well. As she spoke, I began to cry as I realised her words were true. I had overcome a lot, I had overcome cancer and I had finished this book which is helping people who need it.
Then I spoke. My main theme was acknowledging the people in the room and acknowledging their help in that it takes a village to get through cancer and it takes a village to get my book done. The book writing and publishing has been so much work. Honestly, publishing a book has almost nothing to do with writing a book. But it is done and I feel really great about the book.
It was so moving and so joyful. It was a perfect night and here are a few images and here are the speeches.
Lots of love xo Andrea