Petina Gappah on the elusive nature of writers’ satisfaction – at Auckland Writers Festival

"Thank you for coming today, when you should all be in church. You will all go to hell." This is how Petina Gappah charms the audience at Auckland Writers Festival right at the start of her Sunday session. And than she just keeps the jokes coming. This Zimbabwean born author has, until recently, had an impressive career…
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Superheroes and villains

Have you recently been bitten by a radioactive spider? Do you like to wear colourful tights under cover of darkness? Can you leap earthquake-damaged buildings in a single bound? If you answered yes to any of the above (or even if you didn't), Central Library Peterborough needs your help! We've received word that the local supervillains are…
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KidsFest 2016

KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 9 to 23 July. KidsFest is always popular and many events book out quickly, so have a look and figure out what things you want to do! See KidsFest events at Christchurch City Libraries. One of our events at…
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Tusiata Avia and Maxine Beneba Clarke on friendship and reading beyond the colour – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Do you remember the excitement of finding a true friend in high school days? When you were lost but then found yourself by finding a friend? When you realized there is someone else out there, who likes the same weird books as you do, listens to the same music and shares the same humour and passion for…
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Science Snippets – Matariki

Each week during term time (except the first and last week) the team from Science Alive bring their Science Snippets sessions into our libraries. Excellent Science Alive educators lead children through interactive activities to stimulate their interest in science, and there is something to take home every week! There is a different theme for each…
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Bleaker than bleak

For some reason, it took me ages to read Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I've been told it's been very popular in book groups and it's been shortlisted for a few literary prizes. It was one long read, but not because it was boring or dreary, far from it, I had settled into a reading…
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