News to warm the hearts of booklovers near and far Thursday 7 July to Sunday 10 July.
Book lovers are invited to spend a wonderful long weekend in Marlborough this July, with the Marlborough Book Festival on from Thursday 7 July to Sunday 10 July. Some of New Zealand’s top authors, including Patricia Grace, Paula Morris, Lloyd Jones, Kate De Goldi, Ian Wedde and Rebecca K Reilly, will speak to audiences about their work, inspirations and writing processes, in hour long sessions that are sure to inspire, entertain and educate.
Atmospheric chemist Dave Lowe (The Alarmist: Fifty Years Measuring Climate Change), will speak with Kirsten McDougall – author of the futuristic climate crisis novel She’s a Killer – about their frustration at climate inaction, and the role of fiction in raising awareness.
The wonderful Ruth Shaw will share stories from her biography, The Bookseller at the End of the World, talking of an extraordinary life and three uri, while beloved food writer and cookbook creator Julie Biuso will share mouth-watering stories of her life, travels, recipes and books, including her latest collaboration with her daughter Ilaria, Shared Kitchen, Real Food From Scratch.
The Marlborough Book Festival is run by a charitable trust dedicated to sharing a love of reading, so a selection of this year’s guest authors will speak to school children in the days before the festival, including Abbas Nazari, with his heart-wrenching and heart-warming memoir After The ori Gods and Heroes, along with Susan Paris, who has edited the School Journal for 15 years. As planning ramps up for the 2022 festival, the organising committee is sharing interviews from last year’s event through podcasts. “We loved every single session at last year’s festival, so it’s exciting to be able to share them more widely,” says trustee Sonia O’Regan. “We’re often asked what happens at a festival session and it’s a great way to bring more people into the wonderful world of writers and readers festivals.”
The Marlborough Book Festival will be held at the ASB Theatre Marlborough and at Spy Valley Wines in the Waihopai Valley, a 17-minute drive from Blenheim central. For more information, or to listen to podcasts from previous sessions, go to marlboroughbookfest.co.nz. Click the link on the website home page to sign up to the festival newsletter and be among the first to hear news from the event.