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LADIES’ LITERA-TEA 2
An afternoon of women’s words, wit & wisdom
with a lavish afternoon tea break
Sunday 29 October 2017, 1pm – 5.30pm
Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls Grammar, cnr Silver Rd & Gillies Ave, Epsom
1pm Dame Fiona Kidman – All Day at the Movies Celebrated at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival as the ‘Honoured New Zealand Writer’, Fiona has published over 25 award-winning books in her 50-year literary career – including novels, plays, short stories & poetry such as This Change in the Light.
1.20pm Kirsten McDougall – Tess Kirsten’s short stories have been published in many literary journals. In her first novel, Tess is on the run when she reluctantly becomes drawn into middle-aged Lewis’ family complexities & comes to know a life she never had.
1.40pm Heather Kidd – Growing More Than Grass: Entrepreneurial Kiwi Rural Women They set up their own businesses, run shearing gangs, create art installations, make cheese & whisky, grow hundreds of acres of peonies - meet some of these fascinating, enterprising women.
2pm Michalia Arathimos – Aukati We are delighted that a former staff member is home from Melbourne for this event. Michalia won the 2016 Sunday Star Times Short Story Prize. Her first novel is set in a Maori community threatened by fracking – Alexia is a law student escaping her Greek family; Isaiah a young Maori returning home.
2.20pm Fiona Farrell – Decline & Fall on Savage Street With wisdom & humour, this novel explores the same territory as its non-fiction twin The Villa at the Edge of Empire (finalist in the 2015 Ockham NZ Book Awards) In an earthquake-devastated city, Fiona builds a compelling & imaginative structure from bits & pieces salvaged from 100 years of history.
2.40pm Lisa King – Food for Good Lisa is founder of Eat My Lunch, a thriving social enterprise where, for every lunch ordered a free lunch is given to a child in a low decile school. Volunteers help make the lunches every morning. Developed by renowned chef Michael Meredith, the recipes in this book are delicious!
3pm Afternoon Tea & Book Signing With lamingtons, melting moments, savouries & more!
3.50 Sue Wootton – Strip This award-winning poet & fiction writer, with a background in physiotherapy & acupuncture, is working on a PhD exploring the connections between creative work & medicine. These elements all shape her absorbing and moving novel Strip (shortisted for Ockham NZ Book Awards). Her latest poetry collection The Yield is exuberant and versatile.
4.10pm Courtney Sina Meredith – Tail of the Taniwha Short-fiction writer & poet (Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick), Courtney describes her work as an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique.’ Paula Morris describes it as “. . loud, lyrical, and audacious.”
4.30pm Annaleese Jochems – Baby Winner of the 2016 IML Adam Prize for this, her first novel. Cynthia & Anahera run away to live in love on an old boat, Baby, in the Bay of Islands. Baby is a sunburnt psychological novel of obsession & escape from an exciting new young voice in NZ fiction.
4.50pm Diana Wichtel – Driving to Treblinka: A long search for a lost father This renowned NZ Listener journalist searches for her Polish Jewish father, last seen when she was thirteen. This moving narrative is also a deep reflection on the meaning of family, on loss & memory.
5.10pm Tina Makereti – Black Marks on the White Page “Still the page is white & the marks we make upon it are radical acts of transgression.” This gorgeous hardback collection showcases work from Maori & Pasifika writers & artists, who challenge us to join in the talanoa (conversation).