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Don’t miss an entertaining evening with Dot Smith in Oamaru

Dot: Queen of Riverstone Castle

Dot Smith, the adorable matriarch of Riverstone, is one-of-a-kind: engaging, entertaining and entrepreneurial, and she’s soon to become queen of her own castle. Spend a delightful evening with Dot as she shares her remarkable story: from growing up on a small, challenging Northland dairy farm, her marriage to Neil and their move South to establish their own dairy farm, the first of six!; and developing their beautiful, family-run Riverstone complex just north of Oamaru which includes the award-winning restaurant, Riverstone Kitchen.

Time:
Monday, 28 April 2014, 7:30pm
Venue:
Fenwick School Hall, Hull Street, Oamaru
Tickets:
Tickets $15 from Paper Plus or a member of the North Otago Lions Club. Proceeds to local charities
 
Don’t miss an entertaining evening with Dot Smith in Ashburton

Dot: Queen of Riverstone Castle

Dot Smith, the adorable matriarch of Riverstone, is one-of-a-kind: engaging, entertaining and entrepreneurial, and she’s soon to become queen of her own castle. Spend a delightful evening with Dot as she shares her remarkable story: from growing up on a small, challenging Northland dairy farm, her marriage to Neil and their move South to establish their own dairy farm, the first of six!; and developing their beautiful, family-run Riverstone complex just north of Oamaru which includes the award-winning restaurant, Riverstone Kitchen.

Time:
Tuesday, 29 April 2014, 7:00pm
Venue:
Paper Plus, 212 East St, Ashburton
Tickets:
Tickets $5 from Paper Plus, refreshments & light food provided
 
Don’t miss an entertaining evening with Dot Smith in Timaru

Dot: Queen of Riverstone Castle

Dot Smith, the adorable matriarch of Riverstone, is one-of-a-kind: engaging, entertaining and entrepreneurial, and she’s soon to become queen of her own castle. Spend a delightful evening with Dot as she shares her remarkable story: from growing up on a small, challenging Northland dairy farm, her marriage to Neil and their move South to establish their own dairy farm, the first of six!; and developing their beautiful, family-run Riverstone complex just north of Oamaru which includes the award-winning restaurant, Riverstone Kitchen.

Time:
Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 7:00pm
Venue:
Timaru Library, 56 Sophia St, Timaru
Tickets:
Free
 
The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014: Chain Reaction

Carnival Sky

A chain reaction of new works by Vincent O'Sullivan, Breton Dukes, Kay McKenzie Cooke, David Eggleton (editor of Landfall), Owen Marshall and Paddy Richardson. Join us for a delightfully new take on the traditional book launch. With so many writers of national significance living in Dunedin, or here for the festival, it is appropriate we recognise and celebrate their new works. The authors, along with their publishers, friends and colleagues will be present. Generously hosted by the University Book Shop Otago and held at the literarily appropriate Athenaeum Library, Octagon.

Time:
Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 5:30pm
Venue:
Athenaeum Library, Octagon
Tickets:
Free event.
Please RSVP Attendance to Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb | 03 477 6976 | bronwynw@unibooks.co.nz
 
The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014: Young Adult Writers' Panel

When Our Jack Went to War

Melinda Szymanik and Sandy McKay both published historical novels for young adults in 2013. A Winter’s Day in 1939 is Szymanik’s story of her Polish father’s time in Russian work camps during the Second World War. McKay has also written of the wartime experiences of a family member in When Our Jack Went to War, which takes the form of letters between two brothers, one at war and one at home. The writers will talk about their books, the experience of writing them and of the connection young readers today feel when reading stories of the past. Melinda Szymanik is the author of picture books, short stories, and novels for young people. Her first junior novel Jack the Viking came out in 2008 and her teen thriller The Half Life of Ryan Davis was published in 2011. Sandy McKay is a children’s book author, and a freelance writer. Her novel for junior readers, Recycled, was published in 2001 and won the Junior Fiction category in the 2002 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. Losing it (2007) was McKay's first book for teenage readers, and was nominated for the Esther Glen Awards in the 2008 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards. Chaired by Bridget Schaumann, Librarian at King's High School, Dunedin and current President of School Libraries Association of New Zealand.

Time:
Saturday, 10 May 2014, 11:30am
Venue:
Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Public Library
Tickets:
Tickets $18

Available from Ticket Direct
 
The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014: Janice Galloway in Conversation with Liam McIlvanney

Trick Is To Keep Breathing

Generously supported by the Scottish Studies Programme, University of Otago Janice Galloway is one of the UK’s most versatile and gifted writers. Her first novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, is now regarded as a contemporary Scottish classic. This award-winning writer has also taught courses for Faber and Faber’s innovative Faber Academy. Joining her in this informative informal session is fellow acclaimed Scottish writer and academic, and now Dunedin resident, Liam McIlvanney. Sponsored by the Scottish Studies Programme at the University of Otago.

Time:
Saturday, 10 May 2014, 9:30am
Venue:
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Tickets:
Tickets $18

Available from Ticket Direct
 
The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014: Write you are! Kate De Goldi: Young Adult Writers' Workshop

The ACB With Honora Lee

Kate De Goldi has long been a champion of the importance of children’s literature. Preferring to write for ‘a particular type of reader’, rather than a particular age group, De Goldi leads warm, supportive and confidence-building writing workshops. De Goldi regularly reviews books in print and broadcast media and teaches creative writing in schools throughout the country. Her novel The 10pm Question was awarded the New Zealand Post Book of the Year in 2009 and the 2011 Corine International Book Prize Young Readers Award. In 2010 she was awarded the Michael King Fellowship to research and write a book about children’s literature collector Susan Price. Her most recent publication (illustrated by Greg O’Brien) is The ACB with Honora Lee. This workshop for young adults (secondary school age) will expose budding writers to a range of techniques to get more out of both their writing and their reading.

Time:
Sunday, 11 May 2014, 10:00am
Venue:
McNab Room, Dunedin Public Library
Tickets:
Tickets $30


Available from Ticket Direct
 
The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014: 'Nature does not tell stories, we do': An exploration of the writer in the story

The Virgin and the Whale: a love story

‘Nature does not tell stories, we do. We find ourselves in them, make ourselves in them, choose ourselves in them.’ Jackie Ballantyne, Dunedin novelist and current chair of Otago Southland Society of Authors, joins novelists Carl Nixon, Laurence Fearnley and Fiona Farrell to discuss the reader’s point of view, and the writers’ take on the place, landscape and intent of story. Carl Nixon's novels have appeared on the New Zealand fiction bestseller lists. The German translation of Rocking Horse Road was named as one of the top crime novels of 2012. His latest novel is The Virgin and the Whale.

Time:
Sunday, 11 May 2014, 11:00am
Venue:
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Tickets:
Tickets $18

Available from Ticket Direct
 
The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014: All Things Built

Modern: New Zealand Homes from 1938 to 1977

Dunedin’s built environment has internationally significant Edwardian and Victorian architecture, in varied and contrasting styles. As the editor of Home magazine and author of the recently published Modern, Jeremy Hansen explores the collision between our modernist heritage and the cottage / Victorian influences of our domestic settings. Local building and architecture historian David Murray will take that heritage and consider the role of new media in defining how we think and communicate about our built places. Hosted by Athol Parks, the popular local writer and historian who operates ‘City Walks’, showcasing Dunedin’s sublime built environment. www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz

Time:
Sunday, 11 May 2014, 9:30am
Venue:
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Tickets:
Tickets $18 available at Ticket Direct www.ticketdirect.co.nz
 
Auckland Writers Festival - New Zealand Listener Gala Night True Stories Told Live: Truth and Lies

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

Back by popular demand, the Festival’s heart-stopping start to three days of action-packed public programming returns. Eight writers deliver a seven-minute true story, propless and scriptless, inspired by the theme Truth and Lies. Share the unpredictable ride with Nigerian poet and performer Inua Ellams, Egyptian writer Yasmine El Rashidi. NZ photographer Marti Friedlander, Canadian award-winner Lawrence Hill, Women’s Prize for Fiction winner A.M. Homes, best-selling novelist Sarah-Kate Lynch, internationally loved lawyer and writer Alexander McCall Smith and trainspotting Scot Irvine Welsh. Managing the mayhem in the compere seat, the unflappable Carol Hirschfeld.

Time:
Thursday, 15 May 2014, 7:00pm
Venue:
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Tickets:
$35.00 Earlybird
$40.00 Standard

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