I finally saw this beautiful work of art today - a hand printed edition from Holloway Press, University of Auckland.
Several of us have put a lot of work into this project and it's so good to see the finished product. Seems like ages since I last saw a proof copy! It takes time to do things the old fashioned way...
The idea started out early last year as a simple tribute to Charles Brasch on his 100th birthday, made from the Janet Frame Estate. We gathered together some passages from the correspondence between the two friends, as well as some of the things they wrote about each other in memoirs, journals and poems. The material fell beautifully into a form of conversation between the two, punctuated by thoughtful asides.
We staged a very warmly received reading of an early version of the text at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival in 2009. Then came the idea to set the text in a fine edition.
Please click on this LINK to see more details and to order a copy of the book. There are only 150 numbered copies in this "fine edition" so don't delay if you want to own this collector's item.
Launch date is 26th August and there will be a gathering to celebrate at the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, at 5.30 pm.