Big fes­ti­val lineup

Manawatu Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By MERANIA KARAURIA

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¯writ­ers­fes­ti­val@in­spire.net.nz

RACHEL Dore´ , writer, artist and co-or­di­na­tor of the Manawatu¯ Writ­ers’ Fes­ti­val.

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