September 24th

Stray Book Launch, Nelson

Category: Book launch, Stray

Tuesday, September 8th, one week after the Christchurch book launch we celebrated the release of Stray at my favourite bookshop, Page & Blackmore. I fell in love with P&B the first time I visited the store soon after moving to Nelson and have been a regular ever since. Stella and the team are the best kind of independent booksellers, friendly, knowledgeable and mad keen on books! They have been tremendous supporters of my work and created a beautiful window display for Spark, last year, and again this month for Stray.


They fancied up their counter with fairy lights and had copies of my short story Black Room and free bookmarks and posters for guests. There were yummy nibbles and wine and a lovely turn out of locals to celebrate the launch of Stray.

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Stella spoke about Stray, (very generously) and how it expands on the world of the story established in Spark and I shared a little bit about the writing process and what I’ve learned in the last year of being a published author.













Then we had some time for book signing! I whipped out my fancy metallic pens with their matchy/matchy colours to go with the cover red and blue.


Then I had a lovely time chatting with friends and friendly strangers. It was particularly lovely to meet some of the local #SparkArmy


Some local #Spark Army gals



Lovely Nelsonian friends



Two of my favourite Write Club buddies, local authors Fiona Summerfield and Katrina Robinson.



A gorgeous contingent of supporters from my church.



Lovely to see Mary Butler, tremendous youth literature supporter from the Motueka Library.



A cuddle with Stella.

3 Responses to “Stray Book Launch, Nelson”

  1. Lovely photos Rachael, it looks like you had a really good time meeting everyone at your launch!

  2. Sophie says:

    That was a fun night!

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Rachael is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and you can visit the NZSA at and the Top of the South branch Her publisher is Walker Books Australia