Another country? Mainlanders discussing ourselves – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

I am bordering on late when I arrive at a packed out Upper NZI Room at the Aotea Centre for a session that, as a South Islander, I feel duty-bound to attend. I'm pointed in the direction of of a clutch of empty seats near the back by one of the friendly festival ushers/helpers. This session…
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Lists for the Listless

It's been a miserable, dark, rainy afternoon - I admit, it's the first time in a long time but even so I've got used to good weather now … As Autumn, (crisp and blazing riots of red and orange hued leaves) becomes clumps of wet, slippery mulch on pavements and in gutters, my thoughts turn…
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Frank Worsley – a local hero

It is just over a century since Frank Worsley, Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean reached a whaling station on remote South Georgia following a daring 16 day voyage to alert the world to the loss of Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition's ship Endurance. Because of this journey the rest of the crew - stranded on Elephant Island…
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Name our new facility at Sumner

Construction is due to start in August on a combined library, community facility and museum in Sumner to replace those lost as a result of the 2011 earthquakes. The building will include a library, museum exhibition and storage space as well as a hall (with stage), and kitchen facilities. The design draws inspiration from the local landscape…
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Murder in the library – A panel discussion on Wednesday 1 June 6.30pm

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Christchurch City Libraries, invite booklovers to Murder in the library - A panel discussion - Ngaio Marsh Awards featuring three talented Canterbury authors. It is on at South Library, Wednesday 1 June at 6.30pm. This is a free event, but bookings are…
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Gloria Steinem: Encouraging troublemakers – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Whatever your political leanings or beliefs about feminism, there is no denying that Gloria Steinem's life has been an extraordinary one. At the Auckland Writers Festival recently she discussed her beliefs, hopes for the future, and life's journey as encompassed in her memoir My life on the road. The audience was full of feminists of…
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