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Craft and chat with Rachael Herron at the Orewa Library

Fiona's Flame

Come and listen to author Rachael Herron speak about her new book while you knit or create your favourite handicraft. Rachael is the author of four Cypress Hollow novels: Eliza's gift, Lucy's kiss, Naomi's wish and Cora's heart, as well as a number of other books. She'll be with us to promote her latest title, Fiona's Flame. Rachael Herron lives in Oakland, California, with her family. She learned to knit at the age of 5, and generally only puts her needles down to eat, write or sleep, and sometimes not even then.

Time:
Thursday, 21 August 2014, 10:00am
Venue:
Orewa Library
12 Moana Ave,
Orewa
Tickets:
Free event

Books available for purchase and signing.
 
Waiheke Library presents: one island one book with Sarah Laing

The Fall of Light

Critically acclaimed New Zealand author, Sarah Laing, will be joining us this year to talk about her novel The Fall of Light – an excitingly contemporary and innovative novel about art, architecture and relationships.

Time:
Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 7:00pm
Venue:
Waiheke Community Library
Tickets:
Bookings essential. Tickets $10.
Light refreshments included.
Tickets can be purchased at the library.

Contact: rhiannon.beolens@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
 
Heritage Afternoon Tea: WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

Dot: Queen of Riverstone Castle

Join two South Island grandes dames, Rosie Belton and Dot Smith, as they entertain you over tea and biscuits with readings and stories from their recent books. In her delightful memoir, Wild Blackberries, Rosie Belton has written not only her own story but also a social history of food in New Zealand. In Dot – Queen of Riverstone Castle, Dot Smith tells of growing up on a dairy farm, her struggles and triumphs, the travels that have inspired her and her castle near Oamaru. Hosted by Ruth Todd from Bookenz on Plains FM

Time:
Thursday, 28 August 2014, 2:00pm
Venue:
Heritage Hotel
28 - 30 Cathedral Square
Tickets:
$35/$33

For more information on tickets click here.
 
Island Lives: WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

Where the Rekohu Bone Sings

Both Tina Makereti and Charlotte Randall have written intriguing novels that challenge the cliché of the South Pacific island as tropical paradise. Makereti’s Where the Rekohu Bone Sings, with its themes of identity and race, partially takes place in the Marlborough Sounds and the Chatham Islands, while Randall’s The Bright Side of My Condition follows the fortunes of a group of shipwrecked convicts on the unforgivingly rugged Snares Islands. They talk character, setting and historical research with Morrin Rout.

Time:
Friday, 29 August 2014, 1:00pm
Venue:
Ridges, Savoy 2
Tickets:
$18/$16

For more information on tickets click here.
 
Happy Birthday, Janet: WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

Carnival Sky

Arguably New Zealand’s most renowned and bestloved writer, Janet Frame was born 90 years ago today. Although, sadly, she is no longer with us, we celebrate her life and achievement by inviting three writers to read their favourite piece of her work and talk briefly about the influence this great author has had on them. With Bernadette Hall, Owen Marshall and Tusiata Avia, introduced by Janet Frame’s niece and literary executor, Pamela Gordon.

Time:
Friday, 29 August 2014, 12:00pm
Venue:
Rydges, Savoy West
Tickets:
Free Event

 
Reading Favourites: WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

The Virgin and the Whale: a love story

Join Kate de Goldi, Sarah Laing and Carl Nixon for a celebration of New Zealand books and the art of reading as they wax lyrical about their favourite local literary works. Sarah Laing’s current project is a graphic biography of Katherine Mansfield, Carl Nixon’s novel The Virgin & the Whale celebrates the healing power of stories and author Kate de Goldi is a long-time champion of children’s books and reading. They talk with Guy Somerset, Books & Culture Editor for the Listener.

Time:
Friday, 29 August 2014, 2:30pm
Venue:
Rydges, Savoy 2
Tickets:
Free

In partnership with the New Zealand Book Council
 
A Novel Relationship: WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

Carnival Sky

Editors are often the unsung heroes of the publishing world. But with self-publishing rife today, is the editor an endangered species? Just what goes on in the writer– editor relationship? Join two award-winning South Island novelists, Owen Marshall and Laurence Fearnley, as they discuss their new books, Carnival Sky and Reach, both realist works of subtlety and insight, and reveal the mechanics, and the highs and lows, of working with their editor, Anna Rogers. And she will remove her cloak of invisibility and return the favour. Chaired and refereed by Chris Moore.

Time:
Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:00pm
Venue:
Rydges, Savoy 2
Tickets:
$18/$16

For more information on tickets click here.
 
Book Launch: WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page

Come and celebrate three new volumes of poetry: Kerrin P. Sharpe’s There is a Medical Name for This; Hinemoana Baker’s waha | mouth; and Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page, edited by Harry Ricketts, Siobhan Harvey and James Norcliffe. Have a drink, meet fellow festival-goers and hear some of New Zealand’s most critically acclaimed poets read from their work. Thanks to publishers Victoria University Press and Random House.

Time:
Friday, 29 August 2014, 6:00pm
Venue:
Rydges
Tickets:
Free
 
The Stars are out Tonight: WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

We Need New Names

Seven of our dazzling international festival stars come out for the night, introduced by John Campbell, book lover and tireless champion for Christchurch. Sample morsels of the weekend literary feast to come and be entertained, delighted and moved as our writers speak, read, sing and perform on the topic of brightness.

Time:
Friday, 29 August 2014, 7:30pm
Venue:
Transitional Cathedral
Tickets:
$35/$33

For more information on tickets click here.
 
The Stars are out Tonight: Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

The Interestings

Seven of our dazzling international festival stars come out for the night, introduced by John Campbell, book lover and tireless champion for Christchurch. Sample morsels of the weekend literary feast to come and be entertained, delighted and moved as our writers speak, read, sing and perform on the topic of brightness.

Time:
Friday, 29 August 2014, 7:30pm
Venue:
Transitional Cathedral
Tickets:
$35/$33

For more information on tickets click here.
 

Festivals

Auckland Writers and Readers Festival
Storylines Festival
Christchurch Writers Festival
Going West
Writers and Readers