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Success!  

I am absolutely delighted to announce that we have today – World Book Day – received the first consignment of the international anthology For Rhino in a Shrinking World from the publisher, The Poets Printery.  It has been a long and sometimes frustrating wait but I hope you will feel when you see the finished product that it has been worth it.

World Book Day, 23rd April 2013 - the perfect day for the rhino anthology to be born!

World Book Day, 23rd April 2013 – the perfect day for the rhino anthology to be born!

Within the next few days we will begin the process of sending a complimentary copy to each contributor and will also be organising a series of launches, beginning in Grahamstown, South Africa, and spreading to other cities and venues.  So please keep watching this space.

In addition, full information on how to order copies of the book will appear here (and elsewhere!) in due course.

Thank you very much for your patience and support so far: the hard work of spreading the word now begins in earnest.

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I have now seen the draft (sample) copy of the anthology and am impressed. Keep an eye on this space during the next few days – there should be good news to report by the end of next week.

I think I owe you all an explanation for the unfortunate delay we have experienced in releasing For Rhino in a Shrinking World.

The anthology was sent by the publisher to the printer some time ago and we expected the book to be available shortly after this. Unfortunately, it then became evident that the shape and design of the book’s cover and spine could not accommodate some of the features we wanted. For example, the font size of the poems inside became much smaller than was acceptable to me if we persisted with the original dimensions. This had to be corrected.

So the book was returned to the designer and we have now made it rectangular (26 x 21cm) rather than square. This has resolved the problem with the font size and we hope that everything is now as it should be. The book has been re-submitted to the printer and I am expecting to have a sample copy in my hands within the next few days.

I can’t tell you how frustrating this has been for all of us, but I am determined that the book will be as beautiful and as fine as it is possible to make it: the delay is annoying but necessary to ensure its quality.

As soon as I have seen and checked the sample copy I shall post here again to let you know where we stand – and I truly hope it will be to say that we’re there!

Thank you once again for your patience and support.

This evening (Tuesday 11 December) I held a telephone conversation with Dr Amitabh Mitra, publisher of the rhino anthology, and we agreed that the book is progressing nicely and looking very good indeed. It is now in the final stages before publication and is awaiting its signing-off after concluding a thorough proof reading and re-checking. Next step is the printer.

Unfortunately, since the Christmas period in South Africa is when the whole country goes on its summer vacation (and this begins for most people – including those in the printing industry – at the end of this week), it is now most unlikely that For Rhino in a Shrinking World will be available by Christmas as I had hoped and planned.

I regret this profoundly and can only apologise to those of you who had hoped to give the book as a Christmas gift. I really am as  disappointed as anyone, but we have done our best and not quite made it on time.

On the other hand, the book should certainly be ready early in the New Year and I am looking forward very much to its launch then. To be honest, I could not in all conscience have forced the pace and risked the finished product being less than excellent. I do hope you will understand.

As soon as I have any more information I will post it here, so please keep checking in.

On behalf of both myself and our grievously persecuted rhino, I do thank you for your continued support and wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons.

We (Sally Scott, John Forbis, Amitabh Mitra, the designer Rentia Ellis and I) are currently in the process of finalising the anthology’s covers, front and back, and I think they look very good. As soon as the cover is finished I will post it here, so keep checking in.

Meanwhile, in response to a few understandable queries: it is still my hope and intention to have the anthology available very soon, but it must be as perfect as we can make it first. This might mean that, although the official launch may now have to be after rather than before the Christmas holiday, the book should be available for purchase in advance of this so that it can be ordered, if you wish, as a beautiful Christmas or New Year gift.

I’ll let you have full details just as soon as I have them.

In advance of publication, I have now completed the Acknowledgements page in recognition of organisations that have extended sponsorship or other important support to this project.  At least, I think I’ve completed it!

Please let me know if you are aware of someone – either an individual or a business – deserving of appreciation: I would hate to make a big omission. Thank you.

13h50 – Friday 14th September: the short biographies are coming in nicely but I am still awaiting another 11. With luck, they are on their way even as I write!

I now have a MS of 129 superb poems from 108 poets arranged into seven sections for the publisher to work with, but I only have suitable (i.e. short100 words max) biographical notes from about half of the contributors. If you are one of those who has not yet sent me a biog, you will be receiving an urgent request for one within the next couple of days. Please be ready – or better still, make my life easier and send me one right now!  Thanks.