Last Saturday (29th Nov) marked a very special night for Writer\u2019s Edit! After many months of eager anticipation, our very first printed anthology, Kindling was launched.\r\n\r\nKindling\u00a0is a result of the hard work, passion and dedication of our writers, editors, and of course, supporters.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs many of our readers know, Kindling\u00a0was funded by the generous pledges\u00a0of our wonderful supporters, via the Australian crowd-funding site, Pozible. The original target\u00a0for our Pozible campaign was to reach $1,800 in thirty days. Instead, we surpassed this goal in just five days - an incredible achievement!\r\n\r\nA very special thank you to all our Pozible supporters is therefore included in the \u2018Acknowledgements\u2019 section of Kindling, for helping make our first, printed anthology a reality. So if you were one of our generous pledgers, be sure to grab yourself a copy, and check for your name in the back. You can also view the full list of our supporters here.\r\nThe Launch\r\nThe Kindling\u00a0launch kicked off at 7:30pm, at Published Art Bookshop in Surry Hills. This proved an intimate little venue, and hosted just the right atmosphere of cutting edge, creative ingenuity. The contemporary art, designs, and architecture encasing the shop, perfectly reflected the way Kindling\u00a0aims to bring new, creative talents to the world\u2019s eye.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe night also hosted quite the turn out of writers, editors, publishers, and loyal supporters \u2013 some of whom had travelled far and wide. In fact, one member of our Writer\u2019s Edit team had even travelled from as far as South Australia in order to be with us at the event!\r\n\r\nFor many of us here at Writer\u2019s Edit, this was also our first opportunity to meet our fellow contributors and editors. This made an already special evening even more meaningful\u00a0for our team, who embraced the opportunity with open arms.\r\nThere was a real atmosphere of community and warmth,\u201d says Kindling\u00a0Poetry Editor, Kyra Bandte, \u201cwhich was lovely because that's what inspired Helen to start 'Kindling': the word 'kin' and the idea of a cosy writing community.\u201d\r\nThe Anthology\r\nThe anthology itself naturally took centre stage for the night. Copies of Kindling\u00a0lined a display table in the middle of the room, selling for just $20 each. As a centrepiece, they looked absolutely stunning! With a gorgeous cover design by Alissa Dinallo, Kindling\u00a0is one of those books that just begs to be taken home and kept on your nightstand as soon as you pick it up. In fact, Founding Editor, Helen Scheuerer, detailed in her speech that, prior to the launch, her proof copy was already causing reader-envy amongst passengers on the train. But of course, it\u2019s not all about the beautiful cover. With over twenty-five, brilliant works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry; Kindling\u00a0promises to be an excellent and exciting read!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\nSpeeches\r\nTo mark the launch, excellent speeches were provided by regular Writer\u2019s Edit contributors, Kyra Bandte and Kristin Prescott \u2013 both of whom read phenomenal excerpts from their works published in Kindling. The star speaker, however, was, of course, none other than our Founding Editor, Helen Scheuerer.\r\n\r\nHelen started Writer\u2019s Edit just over a year ago, with the intention of establishing a small press company. From there, her vision grew into the incredible online, literary magazine we have today, and in just twelve short months, Helen has succeeded in, not only building up Writer\u2019s Edit, but also Writer\u2019s Edit Press \u2013 with Kindling\u00a0as its first publication. To achieve such phenomenal success in such a short space of time is truly a credit to Helen\u2019s incredible hard work and dedication.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn her speech, Helen spoke briefly about the eighteen writers who contributed to Kindling. Each featured author is\u00a0at a different stage of their career \u2013 from receiving their first ever publication in Kindling,\u00a0to distinguished novelists and poets.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s a pretty eventful\u00a0time to be a part of Writer\u2019s Edit! With everything being achieved with the launch of Kindling, and the establishment of Writer\u2019s Edit Press, whether you\u2019re a writer, reader, or all-round literary nerd, there\u2019s never been a better time to get involved with Writer\u2019s Edit. As Helen asserted at the end of her speech on Saturday night,\r\nIn this room are the next generation of publishers, editors and authors. And I think that\u2019s pretty damn exciting.\u201d\r\n\r\n***\r\nTo view more photos from the night, click here, or visit our Facebook page here.\r\n\r\nPhotography courtesy of Xavier Burrow and Yasmin Scheuerer.