Festival promises literary delights

Packed programme to cover rugby, poetry and more






Will former New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh share her poem Unity which was performed for the Queen at Westminster Abbey? Only festival attendees will find out . . . The third Between the Lines — CHB’s Readers and Writers Festival is set to light up the literary skies with an array of entertaining and interesting authors and lively discussions from Thursday, September 8, till Sunday, September 11. The festival begins with the Young Writers programme, giving primary school students the chance to work with well-known authors. This year the festival has Te Awhi Rito New Zealand Reading Ambassador, Ben Brown, and illustrator Helen Taylor to interact with nominated students from CHB’s primary schools. Organisers say they anticipate a rip-roaring rugby discussion on the opening night with author Gregor Paul, sports commentator Tony Johnson, and one of CHB’s own ex All Blacks John Ashworth coming together to discuss all things rugby. This event is sponsored by Waipukurau Paper Plus. On Friday, September 9, the festival invites people to escape to the past with historical novelist Jenny Pattrick talking about her latest book Harbouring and earlier works including The Denniston Rose. Jenny will be conversing with Lou Ward of Wardini Books at the Gwavas Homestead. A literary lunch follows at Nola Cafe in Waipawa with best-selling author Cristina Sanders speaking about her vivid imagining of the mystery of the General Grant. On Friday evening festival-goers can explore the magic and power of kupu / words with Ben Brown, in conversation with Dr Simon Barber at Te Aute College. Saturday’s events start with Airini Beautrais who will discuss her exciting and award-winning book of short stories, Bug Week, with journalist Alexa Cook. This event is hosted by Bill and Julia Cook at the Straw House of Westwick. The afternoon brings a chance to sample an array of high tea delicacies from Ashia Ismail-Singer’s new cookbook, Saffron Swirls and Cardamom Dust. Event stylist Miss Frou Frou will be working her magic to create suitably luscious surroundings within the Ongaonga Hall for this mouthwatering event. Poet, performer and Fast Talking PI creator Selina Tusitala Marsh, who was New Zealand Poet Laureate from 2017-2019, will be reuniting with Peter Malcouranne to share her story and her poems. Organisers are hoping this will include a reading of her poem Unity which was performed for the Queen at Westminster Abbey. From Westminster to Pukehou Church would be something special. Sunday’s finale is for Central Hawke’s Bay’s own local authors. CHB musicians The Paruphonics will add a bit of musical flair to the finale, and help to welcome Aaron Topp, Shelley Burne-Field, Andy Cameron and Greer Tennent to the CHB Museum to talk about their writing careers and recent works. This is a free event but tickets must still be booked through Eventfinda. Tickets are on sale now from Eventfinda. For more details on authors, interviewers, venues, times and dates, visit www. betweenthelines.nz