Books and Writers Weekend
Friday 8 September - Sunday 10 September, 2017
Featuring Selina Tusitala Marsh as The Curnow Reader, Rod Oram as the Sir Graeme Douglas Orator and and literary musical experience Small Holes in the Silence, a selection of New Zealand poetry set to music, including works by Hone Tuwhare, Bill Manhire, Alistair Campbell and James K Baxter.
$30.00 ($25.00 concession) Includes light supper and a complimentary glass of wine. Cash bar open at intermission and following performance.
Bookings at iTICKET.co.nz
Going West is proud to host the launch of Forty Years of Titirangi Poets, an anthology, the roots of which lie at the Titirangi Library, where the Titirangi Poets have been meeting off and on for four decades. To celebrate the launch of this very local publication we'll here poems and discussion from nine of its featured poets – Piers Davies, John Adams, Kevin Ireland, Peter Bland, Iain Sharp, Amanda Eason, Denys Trussell, Riemke Ensing and Ila Selwyn.
Simply by Sailing in a New Direction: Allen Curnow: A Biography was one of the last projects undertaken by the late literary scholar Terry Sturm. Editor Linda Cassells, who completed Sturm’s work on the biography, and author and scholar CK Stead join Associate Professor Alex Calder to examine Curnow’s life, his work and his legacy
Both writers of realist fiction that plays with the unreal and the mythic, self-described contrary creatures Pip Adam and Kirsten McDougall are also friends and ‘bookish nerds’. Together, they discuss the contrary delights of combining the real with the unreal in their latest works.
In Mansfield and Me and Family History Sarah Laing and Johanna Emeney follow an autobiographical narrative, mining the experience of their lives, those around them, and their heroes, to explore those uniquely human questions about who we are, and how we navigate through our lives, our loves and our griefs.
In her latest book, Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds, Dame Anne Salmond takes readers back to New Zealand in 1840, when two peoples with very different assumptions about how the world works meet and try to make sense of each other. With Moana Maniapoto.
Poet Bill Manhire and musician and composer Norman Meehan join poet Paula Green to discuss their latest collaboration Tell Me My Name, and how they work together to reach a place where, to quote Manhire, “the music doesn’t overpower the words; but neither does it defer to them”.
A deeply personal search for answers lies at the heart of Driving to Treblinka, an astonishing memoir by award-winning journalist Diana Wichtel. In conversation with Steve Braunias
With New Zealand continuing to argue the seemingly never-ending debate on legalising cannabis, writer Colin Hogg hit the road to see what moral decline had descended upon those parts of America where the drug is now legal. In conversation with Russell Brown.
Join us to question the man who ate Lincoln Road, Steve Braunias, to uncover what, if anything, he learned from his quixotic endeavour.
Both Gus Simonovic and Peter O’Connor have worked extensively with young people to give their creativity voice. Together, they explore the transformative power of creativity and imagination.
At the heart of The Wish Child, Catherine Chidgey’s extraordinary fourth novel, is an enigmatic voice that tells the story of German families caught up in a nation’s dream. Catherine is in conversation with fellow fiction writer Sue Orr.
Using Black Marks on a White Page, edited by Witi Ihimaeraand Tina Makereti; and Sleeps Standing, by Ihimaera and Hemi Kelly, as an entry point the writers explore the nature of mentorship and collaboration with Paula Morris.
Acclaimed chef Sam Mannering and bestselling author Karen McMillan share their personal stories, how they created the book Everyday Strength: Recipes and Wellbeing Tips for Cancer Patients and how it can help families facing cancer.
Though nearly every corner of our country has been explored and mapped, exploration beneath our land is still in its infancy. Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness shines a light on this hidden world with a stunning new illustrated book.