July 11, 2019 posted by Unity Wellington

AFTERGLOW: Lay Studies

AFTERGLOW: Lay Studies

Unity Books played host to the launch of Steven Toussaint’s new poetry collection Lay Studies (published by Victoria University Press) on Tuesday 9th July, 2019. With a crowd packed full of some of NZ’s best poets and writers, fellow poet John Dennison gave an incredibly impassioned, almost evangelical, toast. Energised by John’s speech, the crowd joined in toasting Steven before he stepped up to the mic and gave a smooth, measured reading of his poem Aveum Measures. Friends, family, colleagues and Unity Books staff were suitably transfixed. Steven then signed copies of his book before the evening’s festivities rolled onward into the night.

Lay Studies by Steven Toussaint

NZ literati (Eleanor Catton, Fergus Barrowman, Craig Gamble, Steven Toussaint, Chris Tse & essa may ranapiri)

Eleanor Catton, Fergus Barrowman, Steven Toussaint

John Dennison gives a wonderful, lyrical speech in praise of Toussaint’s work.

Hallelujah! Dennison gives an impassioned, rousing toast.

The crowd joins the toast.

Steven Toussaint

In-laws and fans.

Toussaint reads his poem “Aveum Measures”.

Lay Studies is available in-store and online
Words & pictures by Becky Popham

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