divine afternoon tea
Anna Jackson reading poetry
I have my ticket
Eleven reasons why I am off to this event:
1.40pm Pip Desmond – ‘Song for Rosaleen’
A beautiful, compassionate but unflinching account of coping with a mother’s dementia; explores the practical & ethical dilemmas & also celebrates Rosaleen’s life.
2pm Anna Jackson – ‘Pasture and Flock’
New & selected poems from this highly regarded Victoria University Professor of English Literature. Pastoral yet gritty, intellectual & witty, sweet but with stings in their tails.
2.15pm Kate Duignan – ‘The New Ships’
A brilliant new novel set in Wellington, Europe & Asia, examining one man’s attempts to understand his own life – intimate, compassionate & absolutely absorbing.
2.35pm Amber Rose – ‘Wild Delicious’
The influences of growing up in rural NZ & travelling widely overseas, converge in this irresistible cookbook that prepares natural, seasonal ingredients to be eaten with delight.
2.55pm Afternoon Tea – With lamingtons, melting moments, asparagus rolls and more!
3.35pm Tess Redgrave – ‘Gone to Pegasus’
Beautifully capturing Dunedin in 1892, this wonderful debut novel explores music & the role of women & their friendships, just as Women’s Suffrage in NZ is about to happen.
3.55pm Dr. Jo Cribb – ‘Don’t Worry About the Robots
How to Survive & Thrive in the New World of Work. From former CEO of the Ministry for Women & current CEO of the Book Council, exciting ideas & practical tools for the future.
4.15pm Eileen Merriman – ‘Catch Me When You Fall’ and ‘Pieces of You’
This full-time consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital has won awards for her short stories & both her brilliant young adult novels are finalists in this year’s NZ Book Awards.
4.35pm Jo Thorpe – ‘This Thin Now’
The story of love lost & the places the poet goes to find it still – from inside the space two hands make, to the numinous blue of sea & sky. Poems of dazzle & quiet – a rare gift.
4.50pm Dame Fiona Kidman – ‘This Mortal Boy’
An utterly compelling recreation of the events leading to one of the last hangings in NZ (1955). This beloved writer brings young Albert (Paddy) back to life – heart-wrenching.
5.10pm Megan Dunn – ‘Tinderbox’
Riffing on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel ‘Fahrenheit 451’, a brilliantly witty exploration of literature & culture, books & bookshops, aspiring authors, & life in the 21st century.