Fo­cus on women

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By JOANNE DIL­LON (JD) Lit­er­acy and Learn­ing Pro­grammes Li­brar­ian

Women is the theme for Fes­ti­val of Sto­ries 2018 with our five-day pro­gramme start­ing on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 19, NZ Women’s Suf­frage Day. The day starts with a Suf­frage 125 Break­fast at the Coun­cil Cham­bers. Tick­ets are $20 for de­li­cious waf­fles and some lo­cal speak­ers with pro­ceeds go­ing to Bare Es­sen­tials Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tive.

In View, Voice and Van­tage free­lance writer and re­searcher Bill Len­nox will be show­ing ways to shape your sto­ry­telling in this kick­start­ing, un­block­ing work­shop that will mo­ti­vate and equip you to get on with your own writ­ing. Par­tic­i­pants are asked to come along with a char­ac­ter or two in mind — real peo­ple or imag­ined char­ac­ters for a story.

In our other Fes­ti­val of Sto­ries work­shop, Su­san Hansard will demon­strate how you can make your own lit­tle hand­made books.

Sto­ries are shared in many dif­fer­ent ways and we will be Cel­e­brat­ing Women through Song at Te Awa­hou Nieuwe St­room on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 and at Te Tak­ere­tanga o Kura-hau-po¯ on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22.

A large group of tal­ented women have been get­ting to­gether to bring to­gether a con­cert that prom­ises to be a high­light of this year’s Fes­ti­val of Sto­ries. If you live in Levin or Shan­non, you might like to join us on the All Aboard Ladies (and Gen­tle­men) bus trip on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21. Start­ing in Levin, you will visit Shan­non Li­brary and ar­rive in Fox­ton in time to en­joy the con­cert. This trip is free but we en­cour­age you to book early.

One of our favourite sto­ry­tellers, Mary Kip­pen­berger with hus­band Peter Charl­ton-Jones, will be telling their mag­i­cal sto­ries to groups of chil­dren in Fox­ton, Shan­non and Levin then en­ter­tain­ing an au­di­ence of adults at our Pos­i­tively Pink evening. This event takes place from 7pm-9pm on Thurs­day and starts with a short talk by the Breast­Screen Coast to Coast ed­u­ca­tor, sto­ries and hu­mour from Mary Kip­pen­berger and a sup­per.

We are de­lighted to be host­ing an iconic New Zealan­der for our fi­nale event on Sun­day, Septem­ber 23. Pi­o­neer­ing hu­man rights ac­tivist Ge­orgina Beyer was the world’s first trans­gen­der mayor and MP. She cham­pi­oned both the Civil Union Act and the Pros­ti­tu­tion Re­form Act.

Come along to Te Tak­ere­tanga o Ku­ra­hau-po¯ at 2pm this day to hear Ge­orgina’s per­spec­tive on life as a wo­man in New Zealand. How far have we come in 125 years and what is hap­pen­ing next for women’s rights in Aotearoa.

Be­fore the Fes­ti­val of Sto­ries, you have the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend what prom­ises to be an in­spi­ra­tional talk by Karen Fi­field, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Welling­ton Zoo. This event, at 2pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16, is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Friends of Horowhenua Li­braries and the Horowhenua Fam­ily His­tory Group.

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