NZ Book Week Event – Northland

Sunday 28th October 1.30 pm
Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa

The Northland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors invites you to attend a celebration of New Zealand writing with the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalists:

Annaleese Jochems

Northland writer, Annaleese Jochems’ novel, Baby, won the Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. International guest judge, Alan Taylor described Baby as ‘the kind of novel that lingers in the memory long after you put it down. It is by any standard a remarkable debut novel by a young writer who has set a very high bar for herself.’

Briar Wood

Northland poet, Briar Wood has lived in the UK, where her published works include Welcome Beltane (Palores Press, 2012), which made poetic links between family histories and contemporary places. Her recent collection, Rāwāhi (Anahera Press, 2017), focuses on her return to her Te Hikutū ki Hokianga, Ngāpuhi Nui roots in Northland. Rāwāhi was shortlisted for the Poetry Award at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Paula Green of NZ Poetry Shelf, says, ‘This book draws upon whakapapa, love, relations, ecology, the past and the present. Its warmth and its empathy are infectious.’ 

Interviewed by local dynamo, Vivian Thonger (writer, poet, performer and musician), Annaleese and Briar will share their writerly insights and experience. The afternoon will include opportunities for questions from the audience and networking with local writers, along with some sparkling entertainment.

The event is funded by Foundation North and NZSA Northland, making it available to all participants free of charge.

Make A Day of It

On 27 and 28 October, the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway will celebrate 150 years since the opening of the line between Kawakawa and Taumarere – the first railway built in the North Island. Come early and take a glimpse into the region’s colourful past with rides on the vintage railway.

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