Category Archives: Launches

Two New Short Story Collections

Life Bound cover
Life Bound cover
MidnightSun Publishing is excited to announce the joint release of two short story collections: Life, Bound by Marian Matta and Rural Dreams by Margaret Hickey. These debut collections showcase two vibrant and original voices in Australian short fiction. The stories in these collections are sharp, funny, insightful and they linger with you long after you have put the books down. We are so proud to be bringing you two new voices in Australian fiction.

Rural Dreams cover
Rural Dreams cover
MidnightSun’s Anna Solding says she is excited to be releasing two new collections at the same time. ‘It’s always wonderful to find a short story collection that really grabs you, where every story is as compelling as the last,’ she says. ‘We are lucky enough to be able to offer two collections that are both distinctive and unique by immensely talented debut authors.’

Both Hickey and Matta are equally thrilled that MidnightSun is championing the art of the short story. ‘What I felt when Anna called me was, “at last”,’ says Hickey, ‘because she is the one to have picked my work and recognised the potential. MidnightSun is to be credited, not only for publishing excellent and award-winning works, Continue reading Two New Short Story Collections

Launching The Day We Built the Bridge

The Month (or more) We Launched the Bridge Book!

Guest blog post by Samantha Tidy, author of The Day We Built the Bridge

What a book birthday! This year, I have launched The Day We Built the Bridge in no less than 5 cities! Now that the dust has settled, and the second shipment of the book has arrived (gosh – 4500 copies sold in 3 days – and in reprint already!) I thought I’d share the joy and gratitude that ‘the bridge book’ (The Day We Built the Bridge, written by Samantha Tidy, illustrated by Fiona Burrows) has brought into our lives. Continue reading Launching The Day We Built the Bridge

King of the Outback Book Launch

MidnightSun launched Kristin Weidenbach‘s and Timothy Ide‘s gorgeous picture book King of the Outback yesterday. The hall was packed, the speech by Dyan Blacklock was strong and supportive, but most importantly the vibe was great! So many friendly faces in the crowd, many of them friends from the writing community. Thank you so much for once again supporting a local writer and publisher. Without you, there would be no books!

Patrick Allington’s launch speech for We. Are. Family.

Patrick Allington
Patrick Allington

Patrick Allington launched Paul Mitchell’s We. Are. Family. with a terrific speech in Adelaide on Friday 9 September 2016. Several people have asked for the speech, so here it is, in all its glory:

What can I tell you about Paul Mitchell’s We. Are. Family? … What I won’t do is introduce the characters or give you a detailed account of the plot. You should experience those things for yourself. The story unfolds less like a flower opening (despite the arresting cover image) and more like the pulling of sticks, one at a time, from a great pile of wood. And when you read this book, Continue reading Patrick Allington’s launch speech for We. Are. Family.

Breaking Beauty Launch!

Breaking Beauty Book Launch 7 Nov 2014

It seems like a long time ago now, but back in November 2014 MidnightSun Publishing launched our first short story collection Breaking Beauty. It was such a great night that although months have passed we still enjoy talking about it!

The South Australian Writers Centre was full to bursting with a marvellous crowd, all there to support the 27 brilliant writers in the collection. We were thrilled that, despite the heat, so many people turned up to celebrate this very special book. Continue reading Breaking Beauty Launch!

An Ordinary Epidemic launched in style!

On Friday 8 May 2015 we launched Amanda Hickie’s thrilling novel An Ordinary Epidemic at the SA Writers’ Centre in Adelaide. A supportive crowd braved the autumn rain to join us in celebrating this terrific novel. In her launch speech Lynette Washington made everyone acutely aware that Amanda’s story about a deadly outbreak could have been about us. What would you do if the epidemic hit? How far would you go to protect the ones you love? Amanda Hickie emphasised the importance of ethics in all of our lives and told us how the idea for the book came to her when she was living in Canada during the SARS outbreak. Continue reading An Ordinary Epidemic launched in style!

Adelaide Launch of An Ordinary Epidemic!

Amanda Hickie
Amanda Hickie
Please join MidnightSun for the launch of Amanda Hickie‘s highly anticipated nail biter An Ordinary Epidemic. Editor and writer Lynette Washington will launch the book in style. As always, there will be plenty of drinks and nibbles. Bring a friend, dance, buy a book, chat with a writer, have fun! RSVP‘s much appreciated. Continue reading Adelaide Launch of An Ordinary Epidemic!

The launch is so close now…

On Friday 7 November 2014 from 6.30pm we’ll be launching the fabulous collection Breaking Beauty, which contains stories about beauty in all its disguises. Established and emerging writers appear side by side on these pages and they all have something unique to say about beauty. Why don’t you join us at the SA Writers’ Centre, 187 Rundle Mall in Adelaide for a fantastic night to celebrate the beauty of the short story form. All welcome! Continue reading The launch is so close now…

Successfully launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Heather Taylor Johnson launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks
Heather Taylor Johnson launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Thank you so much to those of you who were able to join us for the launch of Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks! It was a festive night full of smiles. Author Heather Taylor Johnson did a stellar job launching the book and the audience was wonderfully supportive.

Kim spoke beautifully about her journey to publication. Her Freudian slip, saying that she had a few people to ‘spank’ rather than to ‘thank’ lifted the Continue reading Successfully launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Zanesh Catkin joins MidnightSun

Pangamonium by Zanesh Catkin
Pangamonium by Zanesh Catkin

Book Launch!

We are delighted to announce that our second novel is on its way. On Friday 20th July 2012, MidnightSun Publishing will launch Pangamonium by Zanesh Catkin. It’s a witty romp with its heart set firmly on its sleeve.

Zanesh is already hard at work tweeting about everything and anything @ZaneshCatkin if you are that way inclined. You can also read more about him and the book on his website: or his Facebook page. Continue reading Zanesh Catkin joins MidnightSun

The Hum of Concrete is launched at Adelaide Writers’ Week

The first launch!
Our first launch!

Finally, the day had come to launch MidnightSun Publishing’s first book ever! Anna Solding’s enchanting novel The Hum of Concrete was about to take flight from the most wonderful writers’ festival in the world, Adelaide Writers’ Week. Amongst the trees of the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, highly esteemed writer Sean Williams said a few well-chosen words on stage before Anna proceeded to tell the audience an ice-breaker: Continue reading The Hum of Concrete is launched at Adelaide Writers’ Week

MidnightSun Publishing is officially launched!

Simon Hackett launching MidnightSun Publishing
Sinom Hackett launching MidnightSun Publishing

February is here and the time has finally come to let MidnightSun Publishing stand on its own two feet. Last night, 10 Feb 2012, the company was officially launched at an amazing party in Adelaide. Well-known businessman Simon Hackett did the honours and did so beautifully, talking about the need for people to be passionate about what they love and actually transform their passions into businesses. Continue reading MidnightSun Publishing is officially launched!