At the Edge of Art – book launch

Woohoo – we made a book!! We had the launch party last night for At the Edge of Art, a book about my husband Alistair’s engineering company Dunning Thornton Consultants (DTC), in particular about retiring director Adam Thornton. It was written by my good friend Alan Perrott, whom I met at journalism school in 1995, and who was a feature writer for the NZ Herald for nigh-on 20 years. It was pretty awesome to work together on this; he did the main bit (i.e. writing a book!!) while I did the project management, the photography, the editing and the cover design. It kind of took over our lives for a while, but it’s been really great. Alan swore from the outset that he was damned if he was going to write a boring book about engineers, and… he certainly hasn’t. It’s a great read, about a company that has always been on the cutting edge of engineering. A lot of Wellingtonians will know about the Museum Hotel move – that was these guys. Others put it in the Too Hard Basket, but DTC decided they could give it a crack, and successfully shunted it along on railway bogies. Adam is a visionary and it was great to see such a great turnout on Thursday night at Macs Brewbar to celebrate his career. The multi-talented author Alan (aka AlanP, of the House of Bamboo) hid from the limelight behind his turntables. He DJd the night; after driving down from Auckland with his van full of fake bamboo plants, flower leis, ruffly shirts and lots of rekkids. It was ALL GOOD.

Sharon - November 19, 2017 - 10:37 am

Wow, I had no idea you were doing this project! Looks great!

Erena - November 20, 2017 - 8:23 am

Classy! A lot of work but what a great result.

Catherine Cattanach - November 20, 2017 - 8:56 am

Thanks Sharon and Erena! Alan and I are feeling pretty stoked. I will have to show you a copy! x