Authors share inspiration in Point Wells

A packed programme of author’s talks and discussion for children and adults will be held at the inaugural Point Wells Literary Festival, in the Point Wells Hall, on September 16.

The event is being organised by Point Wells Library volunteers Vanessa Barber and Julie Snowsill, along with children’s author and Point Wells resident Maria Gill.

The morning will be devoted to children’s literature with authors Gill, Chris Gurney, Tania Sickling and Janine Williams introducing their latest works. Williams, from Hukerenui, was recently short-listed for this year’s Children’s Book Awards for her book, Holding the Horse.

Gill, who has written more than 60 books over the last 20 years, is the chair of the Auckland branch of the NZ Society of Authors. Her latest book, Epic New Zealand Adventures, has just been released and captures the stories of 10 NZ adventurers.

“I’ve organised a number of literary events over the past 10 years and have access to a lot of contacts, so was only too happy to get involved when I was approached by Vanessa and Julie,” she says.

“There’s a wealth of talent in our area to draw from and I’ve already started a list for next year, as we hope the festival will become an annual event.”

Appearing in the afternoon will be crime writers Madeleine Eskedahl and Sherryl Clark, non-fiction writer Debbie Aldred who will talk about her sailing adventures, cookbook writer Brigid DiMattina who will give a cooking demonstration, and Auckland-based poet Kit Willett.

The morning session starts at 9am and is designed for young readers. Entry will be by koha, with all proceeds donated to the Matakana School dyslexia programme. The afternoon session runs from midday to 7pm. The $50 entry fee includes the authors’ talks, plus a social event from 5.30pm onwards, with new Orleans style music by Milly Tabak and wine and cheese.

Major sponsors of the literary festival are OBV Wines, Pak’nSave, Benefitz, Creative Communities NZ and the Point Wells Store.

Two signed copies of Al Brown’s cook books will be raffled as part of the ticket price towards the end of the event.

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