Abdel’s Favourites has hit the market, and it’s such a beautiful book. I’ve had my marketing hat on for a few weeks now. First for The Score — I’ve never been great at marketing my own work, but when there’s something bigger at stake, like a new press, you really drive it along! And now the cookbook — last week a stall at the Hataitai market, this week selling to the staff at Te Papa. But the publishing team did a wonderful job promoting it. I feel very proud to be part of that project.
September 2013 saw the launch of The Score and brand-new publishing house Escalator Press, and the 20th anniversary of the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme. Quite a lot to celebrate all at once! It’s brash, setting up a new press these days when publishing is in such a state of change. But we (small Escalator Press group) think there are real opportunities. We’re using a totally new funding and operating model, and The Score is a kind of guinea pig. But it’s all going really well, and it’s very exciting.
Kate Whitley took the photographs for this website. She and I wandered around Titahi Bay, which is my home ground – an extraordinarily beautiful and very diverse place with its own distinctive character. Her clear photographer’s eye saw all kinds of things I’d never even noticed – a bench against a boatshed, graffiti, odd signs – and our two strange shadows on the sand.