Trust Me Too Launch
By Deb Gates
I was lucky enough to attend the Trust Me Too launch, a new anthology edited by Paul Collins, on the 27th of July. Trust Me Too is 466 pages of amazing writing and illustrations by fifty seven talented Australian writers and illustrators; about half of whom turned up on the night.
The launch was held at the Princes Park secondary college in Melbourne. The kids of the school, along with library staff, won the honour of hosting the event after entering a competition. The night started with some great music performed by year seven students from the school, with other students playing host, offering a scrumptious array of nibblies and drinks. Opening the launch, two of the ‘Sloths’ (the school’s student library group) introduced the guests. Paul Collins added a few words then invited Meredith Costain to read her wonderfully witty poem ‘Shoefiti’. Isobelle Carmody followed this with a snippet of her novella, ‘The Journey’, before officially launching Trust Me Too by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Those lucky enough to be in attendance were able to purchase the book and have it signed by the twenty odd contributors. Conversation flowed as fans met their favourite authors and illustrators. I had a little fangirl moment when I introduced myself to Michael Prior and asked for a photograph.
The amazing thing about Aussie writers is the amount of time they are willing to give their fans. They were all more than happy to chat, sign books and bookmarks and have photos taken. Trust Me Too has something for everyone: fantasy, Sci-Fi, poetry, graphic novels, romance, some horror, adventure and crime, and lots more, along with incredible illustrations. If you don’t already have a copy you should rush out and get one.