Barbara Else Headlines NZ Book Month Activities

Tuesday 19 February 2013

March is New Zealand Book Month and this year Richmond Library is offering several fabulous free events.

First up on Thursday 7 March at 1.30 pm is visiting Wellington author, Barbara Else.

Barbara, one of New Zealand's most respected authors, writes both adult and children’s fiction. Her adult novels include the highly acclaimed Warrior Queen, and the historical Wild Latitude, set in gold-rush frenzied Dunedin. Her children's books include the award-winning The Travelling Restaurant, and The Queen and the Nobody Boy.

'Else is known as a funny novelist,' writes the New Zealand Herald. 'Her humour is quieter, deeper, found in her dark, sardonic point of skew, in her quirky, wry vignettes that are a fond satire of modern middle class life and those who live it ...'

Barbara will deliver a free public talk about the challenges of writing the follow-up novel. Audience members will have the opportunity afterwards to chat to the author over afternoon tea.

There are also two more free events in March at the Richmond Library.

Local Poets Live
Thursday 21 March 12.00 noon
Lunchtime reading featuring Cliff Fell, Rachel Bush, Louise Wallace and Mark Raffills.

Feel the Love
Thursday 28 March 12.00 noon
Local romance writers share their stories and tips on romance writing.

Promotions Assistant, Tania Norfolk says “these events are a great way for the public to get up close and personal with a visiting author of national repute along with some of our best local writers. Hearing stories and poems read aloud by the author is a very different experience to reading alone and it is always fascinating to hear directly from a writer about their process.”

The events at Richmond Library form part of a complementary programme in conjunction with Page and Blackmore Booksellers and Nelson Public Library, who are also offering events throughout New Zealand Book Month.

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