A book launch in lockdown is likely. The printers are back at work. My publisher is checking final details this week. Publication date is still as originally scheduled, in mid or late June. But what will a virtual book launch be like?
It’s a very, very, very long time since a mainstream publisher presented a collection of my poems to the public. Mallinson Rendel published my Selected Poems in (wait for it) 1988. How old were you then? I was 48. That was my 7th book of poems and my 13th book, as I was also writing plays, novels, and books about writing.
Shortly after that, I got distracted by the ever-changing challenges of writing in a digital environment and for the Web. The publishing environment puzzled and taunted me and kept me on the move professionally. But I never stopped being a poet, and now and then I casually self-published various poetry booklets. Now, 32 years later, my two working worlds—poetry and the internet—will merge again, this time with a book launch in lockdown.