Escape to the festival for readers, writers
e festival was devised as a stimulating escape from winter and this year is no exception.’’
Tomorrow may be the official start to winter but this weekend’s Escape! Festival is guaranteed to keep the little grey cells ticking over.
“We’re calling it a hot ticket event,” director Jo Bond laughs. “The festival was devised as a stimulating escape from winter and this year is no exception.”
Escape! opens at 5.30pm tomorrow at Baycourtwith 29-year-old Max Harris talking about The New Zealand Project, his 2017 book that contains his vision for this country, followed at 7pm by Geoff Chapple, founder of the TeAraroa Walkway stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
The weekend’s events begin at Baycourt at 10am each day, including Monday when food writerAllyson Gofton hosts a French-theme morning tea on the Addison Theatre stage to talk about her two extended stays in a remote Pyrenees village.
What are the organisers’ picks for anyone undecided?
Bond’s heart is with the play My Best Dead Friend, which won the Best of title at this year’s Wellington Fringe Festival.
“It made me laugh and it made me cry. The next day I went and booked it for Escape!” (Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.) Anya Tate-Manning.
General manager Kimberley Cleland is keen to hear the Stroppy Women panel chaired by comedian MicheleA’Court and then activist Sue Bradford talk about her life (both Saturday).
“I think both sessions will reveal awhole lot of interesting stuff about issues facing women in public life.”
Programmer Sandra Simpson believes Scents of a Landscape, Sunday’s first sessionwith Laurence Fearnley and Harold Jones, will be magic.
“We often forget to give space to each of our senses and scent is such a powerful trigger for memory that deliberately exercising it over the long term must be an extraordinary experience.”
Adding another dimension to the talkwill be the chance to sample four scents by QueenstownNatural Perfumiers – usually available only in highend lodges.
“Anything involving Glenn Colquhoun, a GP and a poet. He is an outstanding human being and I look forward to both his Sunday sessions, one on poetry and one with the equally thoughtful Dr David Galler on working inmedicine.”
And in unison they all choose Creative Sparks, the Sunday presentation of creative ‘conversations’ Angie Belcher, Que Bidois, Marion Arts, Simon Taylor and David Tauranga have had with objects in the Tauranga Museum collection.
“Expect the unexpected,” Simpson says.