Events

Bearing the Laurel Crown

Chris Tse is New Zealand’s current Poet Laureate. In ancient times the Poet Laureate wore a crown of laurel leaves. The first Poet Laureate in the English language was John Dryden in the 17th century, ...

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The Truth Within Fiction

Sue McCauley burst onto the literary scene in New Zealand in 1982 with her best-selling debut novel, Other Halves. This novel won awards and was made into a movie for which Sue wrote the script. ...

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Warrior for Truth & Justice

Investigative journalist and warrior in the fight against misinformation and disinformation, Stephen Davis, is the author of Operation Trojan Horse, the story of the clandestine origins of the Gulf War. This is now available as ...

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A Sharp-edged Humour

The works of Stephanie Johnson, MNZM, have been described as ‘marked by a dry irony a sharp-edged humour’. She has many arrows to her writing bow, as playwright, reviewer, short story writer, literary judge and ...

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Dinner With the Stars

Bushy Park Homestead

Hosted by Bushy Park Homestead, one of the jewels in Whanganui’s crown. You can enjoy the Edwardian splendour of your surroundings. This is a unique opportunity to dine and chat with our visiting authors. Venue: ...

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Fifty Years On

Witi Ihimaera DCNZM, needs no introduction to the Whanganui audience. He spoke at the 2013 festival and is back by popular demand. It is fifty years since Witi became the first Māori novelist with Tangi ...

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What’s the Big Idea?

Someone once said that ideas are two-a-penny. Maybe a character strikes you, or a setting looks perfect for a story, or a plot idea comes to mind, but it’s what you do with the idea ...

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Up the Garden Path

At the age of 84 gardening expert, Gordon Collier NZOM, was awarded six stars from the NZ Gardens Trust for his garden, Anacapri, in Taupo. At 88, he has published a book, his fifth, Three ...

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Telling New Zealand’s own stories

Eminent historian, Jock Phillips ONZM is passionate about New Zealand history. As the Chief Historian for the New Zealand Government Jock was the originator and general editor of Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. ...

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Telling New Zealand’s own stories

Eminent historian, Jock Phillips ONZM is passionate about New Zealand history. As the Chief Historian for the New Zealand Government Jock was the originator and general editor of Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. ...

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