Tuesday 11 March 2014

Out and About: Banished Launch Party!

What: Liz de Jager’s launch for Banished

Where: The Gallery, Foyles

When: Thursday 27th February

I sent Liz a quick tweet to wish her a happy blog birthday on Thursday morning and upon realising I was in London, I was invited to her launch that evening! It just so happened that I had been reading Banished on my commute and had it with me in my bag to get signed.

I got to Foyles a little early and had a quick browse in the YA section because I just can’t help myself. I even promised myself I could buy myself a copy of The Spectacular Now after the event, which I actually forgot about in all of the excitement...

Eventually, I trudged upstairs and found loads of people already there, but I couldn’t see Liz anywhere! I got to have a chat with the lovely Kate who words in the YA section who I talk to on Twitter a lot (@kateweasel) and then some bloggers started to arrive! There was Sarah from Feeling Fictional, Lucy from Choose YA, Bella from CheezyFeet Books, Cecily from Cic Loves Books. I didn’t get to chat with all of them, but there were also quite a few authors in attendance! Tamsyn Murray, Sarwat Chadda, Non Pratt, James Dawson, Tom Pollock, Marie-Louise Jensen, Jonathon Mayhew and Steve Feasy. There was also the lovely Sarah (@essjay) and Liz’s agent Juliet Mushens. I reacted a little bit like spotting a celeb when I saw Juliet and all I could think was that she looked exactly like her Twitter profile picture!

We mingled for a good while munching on Banished biscuits and posh, weirdly favoured popcorn (cheese popcorn: so odd) and then we got our books signed. It was so cool to see Liz sitting at a signing table with piles of her book on each side of her. She wrote me a lovely message in mine.

As I had to be back in London for work the next day I was only able to stay until about eight but I had a lovely time. I rarely feel as relaxed and at home as I do in a room full of bookish people!

Sorry about the lack of pictures in this post; I’m lame and forgot to take any...

Verdict: 10/10

If you haven’t bought and devoured banished already, you really need to go and do so right now. Now. Shoo.



  1. I'm still not convinced that cheese flavoured popcorn is a good idea but it was definitely a great event! It was great to see you! :)

  2. I don't think I tried the cheese popcorn! It sounds interesting though lol. It was lovely to see you & I was so proud of Liz seeing her up there signing all those books :-)

  3. Cheese popcorn? :o

    I'm so glad the launch was brilliant!

  4. Sounds like you had an amazing time! Sad that I missed the chance to get together; damn conflicting events :(

  5. How lucky that you were in London that night and were able to go to this! I still feel really emotional and proud of Liz for everything she's accomplished!


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