Win real goodie bags with actual chocolate in them at a virtual book launch

Kia ora koutou and welcome to the virtual launch of my collection of short stories, Pet – there are free giveaways (chocolate!) plus podcasts FT someone from Coronation Street.

To the free stuff! Okay. First thing's first: sign in to register your attendance at my virtual book launch which is a lot like an actual book launch except better in many respects. The first 20 guests - yes, twenty! - to register will be sent a lavish goodie bag that includes chocolate, a No.1 Family Estate wine discount code, a $10 University Book Shop voucher, a signed print from the book and a set of four Ex Libris book plates. OMG sign in now.

You're probably dying to hear a few words from me in person so here I am saying a few words in this 63-second video while standing next to a vase with some flowers in it.

Okay! Next up, the world exclusive premiere of the Pet Podcast, created with the support of Creative New Zealand, Otago Access Radio (OAR.FM), and 17 actors – ranging from self-confessed “very flawed and gross” PSUSY creator Jaya Beach-Robertson to beloved children’s entertainer Olly Ohlson (who still keeps cool til after school).

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The podcast episodes will be released via the OAR.FM website over the next four weeks. You can find them here – and via your favourite podcast app.

Enough hype and blather. Let's get to the point. Let's get to the short stories, as read by a distinguished cast. The Quickening is read by the amazing Terry MacTavish with help from her cat.

The Lucky Numbers is read by former Auckland Zoo content manager and Fanimals researcher Kate Orgias.

The Trapeze Artist is read by Coronation Street and East Enders alumna Shireen Shah.

Thank you for attending tonight's launch of Pet. One more thing! Want to win your own signed copy of the book? Simply contact us and to show you have been paying attention, name one of the stories in Pet.

Noho ora mai!

Pet: Stories by Kathryn van Beek (Mary Egan Publishing, $20) is available  from bookstores nationwide.


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