A big THANKS to the 80 or so people who came along to the Canberra launch of Wild Sea on Saturday 25 August at MoAD. The event kicked off with drinks from the former Members’ Bar in Old Parliament House, then a welcome and introduction from Professor Frank Bongiorno, Head of the ANU School of History, followed by the launch by Caroline Le Couteur MLA (Murrumbidgee) and member of the ACT Greens. Both speakers gave wonderful and insightful comments about their responses to the book, and I greatly appreciated them being there. Then I asked everyone to come on a bit of an imaginary voyage into the Southern Ocean for a few minutes, and I talked about the nature of the environment then read an extract about the wandering albatross. We had a few questions from the audience, then people stayed and chatted before heading out into the Canberra winter’s night. For my part it was wonderful to see my family and friends from around Canberra (and some friends who called in on their way back home to Melbourne), plus work colleagues from the Parliamentary Library, Senate, Department of the Environment, MoAD, National Library of Australia and ANU School of History.