Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Maggie Rainey-Smith launchs Formica

Thursday 10 March, 6pm
GOOD BOOKS, 2/16 Jessie St (Beside Prefab)
and streamed live online on Youtube

Vaccine passes and masks required. Very limited numbers, get in quick.
RSVP to maggie@at-the-bay.com

Pre-order your copy of Formica here for a copy signed live at the event.

Link to Youtube stream will be embedded on this page leading up to the event. Here

Formica’ begins in 1950s Richmond with the author’s family struggling in the aftermath of a war that took her father to Crete to fight and then Poland as a prisoner of war. At the Formica kitchen table, Maggie’s mother is reciting poems while chopping the veggies for tea. Maggie listens while tying her boots for marching practice. Poems follow her as she makes her way in the world – working as a typist, doing her OE, becoming a wife, a mother and grandmother …

An unsentimental writer of honesty and humour, Maggie nods to the lives of all women of her generation – too often defined by their fertility and kitchen appliances when there was fun and fulfilment to be had elsewhere. Not that Maggie doesn’t adore her Kenwood mixer, but it lines up with abiding friendships, granddaughters, travel, sex and the joy of words.

To be launched by Fiona Kidman.

Follow the link to pre-order your signed copy and watch the livestream on the night. Online sales will happen during the livestream as well.

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