Es­cape to the fes­ti­val for read­ers, writ­ers

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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.

PHOTO/Peter Jen­nings

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