How to start a book festival
What’s better than a good book and a glass of wine in the middle of winter? How about a chance to meet the authors and spend time in beautiful Marlborough venues too?
That was the vision a group of Marlborough women had for the Marlborough Book Festival and it’s pretty exciting to be just a weeks from our fifth festival from Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8.
So far we’ve hosted authors including Fiona Kidman, Witi Ihimaera, Patricia Grace, Catherine Chidgey and more. This year Selina Tusitala Marsh, Tom Scott and Glen Colquhoun are in the mix.
For the volunteers behind the festival, it’s a privilege beyond words to welcome these authors to town.
The Marlborough Express editor wants to hear the story behind the story - let you read between the lines of the event as it were. We may have to tone it down to make it fit to print. We’ll paint a picture of meetings held around a kitchen table, kebabs in hand, puppy dogs cruising in for a pat, children in pj’s in the background.
Here are the cliff notes on the story so far: The first festival was held in 2014 with six authors, two interviewers, two venues, and a committee of three. Now we’re hosting 12 authors, seven interviewers, and have six venues.
Our story is a feel-good, warm, fuzzy community tale. We’ve been able to put on an event that holds its own against bigger, more well-funded events elsewhere, all because Marlborough people have supported it.
We’ll tell you more about those people behind the scenes over the next few weeks, but in the meantime I need to let you know that the word is out. Tickets to this year’s festival are selling fast, do buy yours soon so you don’t miss out.
Committee members Sharon Hill, Sonia O’Regan, Kat Pickford, Lorraine Carryer, Charlotte Patterson and Sophie Preece.