The Tauranga Arts Festival is rapidly approaching so thought I’d alert you to the Writers section of the programme (and here’s the disclaimer – I’m both the programmer and the festival publicist).
Writer events take place over two weekends – October 21-23 (Labour Weekend) and October 28-29. Day passes are available for $60, meaning one session is free.
If you do come be sure to make yourself known to me!
A Secret Life: Australian writer Kate Grenville talks to Kate De Goldi about both her fiction (The Secret River trilogy) and her more recent non-fiction (My Mother’s Story and The Case Against Fragrance).
Acorn Winners: Stephen Daisley (2016, Coming Rain) and Catherine Chidgey (2017, The Wish Child) talk to Kate De Goldi about their books and the prize – at $50,000 the richest prize for literary fiction in New Zealand.
Lives on The Line: Diana Wichtel (Driving to Treblinka) and Phil Jarratt (Life of Brine) talk to Sandra Simpson about their newly published memoirs. Diana’s is about her search for information about her father’s life as a Holocaust survivor and his lonely death in Canada, while Phil’s rollicking read is a no-holds-barred account of a life in newsrooms and on the waves.
Wise Child: Catherine Chidgey and Kate De Goldi talk to Tracey Slaughter about using a child’s point of view to tell a story that deals with the big issues – war, grief, dementia – while maintaining a certain innocence.
Puddle Jumping: Kate Grenville (Australia), Stephen Daisley (an expat Kiwi who lives in Australia) and Catherine Chidgey (a New Zealander who has lived in Germany) talk to Kate De Goldi about why there is so little interaction in the written arts across the Tasman.
The Sting: Art historian Penelope Jackson takes us on an illustrated tour of New Zealand art crime.
A Dog’s Life: Dame Lynley Dodd talks to Penelope Jackson about a life in picture books – it’s been 34 years since Hairy Maclary stepped out of Donaldson’s Dairy – to mark this month’s publication of her latest, Scarface Claw, Hold Tight!
Alternative Facts: Professor Jonathan Boston (Safeguarding the Future: Governing in an Uncertain World) and business journalists Bernard Hickey and Rod Oram discuss a world where the lines between truth and lies are being deliberately blurred for political gain.
Sea Fever: Award-winning poet Bob Orr spent most of his working life on the water – last year retiring after 35 years with the Ports of Auckland as a pilot boat master – jotting ideas in his downtime. Australian Phil Jarratt has spent most of his long career in journalism writing about surfing and is a three-time recipient of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award.
The Story Only I Can Tell: Renowned Australian photographer William Yang has turned his documentary photographs into deeply personal visual presentations – this one about his family and his life growing up as a third-generation Australian-Chinese. William is also working with 4 migrants to Tauranga to help them tell their stories.
The Great War for New Zealand: Historian Vincent O’Malley talks to Guyon Espiner about his seminal work that looks at the 19th century Land Wars in Waikato and the effect they’ve had right up to the 21st century.
Our Place to Stand: Six New Zealanders have 7 minutes each to talk about identity and belonging. Shamubeel Eaqub (born in Bangladesh, raised in Samoa), Helene Wong (raised in Wellington), Que Bidois (Tauranga Moana), Vincent O’Malley (of Irish and Scots descent); Paula Morris (English mother and Maori father); and Jeanette Fitzsimons (lived in Switzerland and co-owns a farm with a family of Israeli migrants).
Scarlet Foxgloves: Karyn Hay and Lindsey Dawson talk to Paula Morris about their historical novels, both published last year, which are both largely set in 19th century Tauranga.
Sleeps Standing: Witi Ihimaera and Hemi Kelly have broken new ground with the fact-fiction Sleeps Standing Moetu, the story of the 1864 Battle of Orakau, near Te Awamutu. Hemi has translated Witi’s novella into te reo Maori and translated Maori eyewitness accounts into English for the first time.
Memoirs are Made of This: Helene Wong (Being Chinese) and Witi Ihimaera (Maori Boy) talk to Paula Morris about the art of autobiography.
Paved with Good Intentions: Guyon Espiner leads a discussion on the state of our nation with economist Shamubeel Eaqub, former Green Party co-leader and environmental activist Jeanette Fitzsimons and business journalist Rod Oram.
Your Nuts & Bolts: Phil Gifford talks to Tony Wall about his Kiwi men’s health manual published this year – and why men should be waking up to themselves when it comes to their health.
Fiction Boot Camp with Paula Morris: Your chance to polish the skills needed for publication. Paula is an award-winning writer and has taught creative writing in the US, the UK and now in New Zealand.