On 2nd April, Beverley Forrester launched her book The Farm at Black Hills at a morning gathering at the Hurunui Hotel in Hurunui Village, North Canterbury. The event was hosted by the Amuri Rural Woman’s Dinner group, who provided a lovely lunch with help from Helen Heddell – a long time friend of Beverley’s, fellow colored sheep enthusiast and RWNZ member. We knew there would be great interest in the launch, and we were not disappointed. Over 50 people came through the door to sign the surprise guest book and talk to Beverley while she signed their book for them.
There was plenty of time for stories, talk of times past, and it was clear to see the love and respect that the local people have for Beverley, and what she has achieved. After the signing, Beverley gave a short speech thanking long-time farm workers, presenting them with signed books, and showed three items of knitware that featured at New Zealand fashion week, all knitted by local ladies. At the end of her speech, Beverley talked about her co-writer John McCrystal, and to her surprise he had come down from the North Island for the launch and was standing at the back of the room. The morning ended with Beverley cutting a celebration cake featuring the view from her kitchen at Black Hills, which is also the cover of her book. All royalties from the sales of the book are to go to Rural Women New Zealand. You can order your copy from our online shop here.
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