Big festival lineup
Everyone has a story and the Manawatu¯ Writers’ Festival could be the launchpad for that story waiting to be told.
Rachel Dore´ , writer, artist and co-ordinator, is finetuning the details for the second festival which runs on September 7 to 11.
“We have more than 40 sessions in the four-day event; 34 are at various venues in Feilding including the Feilding Library and six are at the Palmerston North Library,” says Rachel.
Since the inaugural festival last year Rachel has looked far and wide to bring writers to the festival.
There’s a pre-festival treat at Joe McMenamin’s Gallery in Feilding where textile meets literature and quiltmaker Ulrike Uslar will talk about creative uses of writing in visual artwork.
The official opening is Friday night in Feilding and the event starts the next day in the Coach House Museum with Julie McDonald’s talk about her work with the Family History Network project.
Author Peter Wells will share the morning of September 8 with a talk on his book Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History.
“He’s a great New Zealand novelist,” says Rachel of the fiction and non-fiction writer whose first book Dangerous Desires won the Reed Fiction Award, the NZ Book Award and PEN Best New Book in Prose in 1992. Peter’s memoir won the 2002 Montana NZ Book Award for biography and in 2006 he was awarded the NZ Order of Merit for services to literature and film. In the second half of the session Pip Desmond will share how she incorporated
family history into her memoir Song for Rosaleen, about the family’s journey into their mother’s dementia.
Barbara Else’s book Go Girl — a Storybook of Epic NZ Women, earned the review that “this book should be on the bedside of every Kiwi girl from age 7”. She will be talking about the ‘extraordinary women’ in Go Girl.
Lesley Marshall will bring her 25 years of knowledge in critiquing and editing fiction and non-fiction, and there’s an intriguing evening in the Feilding Little Theatre where the public can interact with author Joanne Drayton and novelist Tina Shaw, who will discuss the popularity of NZ crime fiction with crime fiction writers Nikki Crutchley and Paul Thomas.
There’s information from writers who will speak on short-story writing, travel writing, poetry, ethics when using other’s anecdotes and stories, NZ history of food, romance writing and writing for children, discovering optimism through writing, keeping the reader’s interest and getting your manuscript to the finishline.
The Manawatu¯ Writers’ Festival programme will be available soon from libraries, information centres and bookshops or contact manawatu¯email@example.com
RACHEL Dore´ , writer, artist and co-ordinator of the Manawatu¯ Writers’ Festival.