A blog from Tonto Books, featuring musings from the publishing world and some occasional special guest appearances.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Wor Al launch

Despite monsoon conditions and a live England match on BBC1 (Studio pundit? A. Shearer!) a good number of folk came out to Shearer's Bar at St James's Park last night to celebrate the launch of Wor Al.

Monica Harris with some of the prizes

Among the fun and games on offer were a prize draw, a picture board quiz, a raffle, and a sweepstakes to win, among other things, a Newcastle United shirt signed by Shearer, Given, Duff and Owen, a framed England shirt signed by Shearer, the signed original Wor Al artwork, various other signed goodies, and real cash money. All proceeds from the games went to the NSPCC, as does 50p from every copy of Wor Al sold.

"Wor Al" contributor Barry Hindmarch

Once again we were amazed by the distances people had travelled specifically to attend our launch. Thanks to everyone who turned out, bought books, coughed up for the games, and helped us raise a few hundred quid for the NSPCC in the process.

Monica and contributor Stephen Miller

Big thanks to Monica Harris for doing the hostess thing (fans should check out her website www.monica-harris.com), Phil Hoffmann for acting as compere, Danny Mitchell for donating the England shirt and representing the NSPCC, Lisa and Ray for handling the book sales, Dave Lynn for organising the sweepstakes, Tony O'Donnell for donating the original artwork. Stu and I really appreciated it, ta.

*Earlier in the day I plugged the launch on BBC Radio Newcastle, and they put together a nice montage of voiced extracts from "Wor Al". Listen to it here (mp3, right click to "save as"). The full interview is on our media page.

1 comment:

jonathan said...

Welcome to the blogosphere Tonto Paul and Stu (because that is what we call it, like- you'll pick the lingo up in no time I'm sure). Looks like I have the honour of being the very first to leave a comment. I just wanted to say thanks for laying the night on on Wednesday, I thought it was well worth the journey up from Manchester, even if I didn't win any of the glittering prizes, and still can't for the life of me think who that straggly-haired fellow in the picture quiz was. And also of course, thanks for giving me a lift home and listening politely to my no-doubt drunken late-night ravings- you saved me a long and rain-spattered end to the evening down at the Gallowgate taxi rank there and no mistake...

Oh, and the latest post on my blog includes my own semi-remembered review of the night's proceedings, as well as a link to the Tonto site for any of my readers/ friends/ family who may be interested in getting a hold of Wor Al. Once again, best of luck with the publication.