It’s important to support minority interests… like rugby

Yet again it amazes me how when it comes to hugely popular and privately-supported sports event the public purse can always be relied upon to somehow find that extra $1,000,000 or so, but when it comes to hugely popular and privately-supported cultural events the public purse can’t find $30,000.

When sport is a success we fall over ourselves trying to give it money but when culture is a success we tell it to stand on its own two feet.

Seriously, it’s hard to believe that the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival only got $50,000 to start with. After all, it’s only the equivalent of 5 second rate All Black wedding photos sold to Women’s Day.

Some days I think this is the better option:

 

Words on a Small Island: Waiheke Book Festival 2011

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Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November

Words on a Small Island The Waiheke Book Festival 2011

THE WAIHEKE BOOK FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH A FEAST OF LITERARY EVENTS – Booklovers don’t miss this one!

From outrageous red-head Peta Mathias with her new book Beat till Stiff, to legend Lloyd Jones in conversation with Finlay Macdonald. From Laurence Fearnley, winner of the 2011 New Zealand fiction award for The Hut Builder to acclaimed artist Euan Macleod with Gregory O’Brien and much more.

The Waiheke Book Festival utilises a variety of Waiheke’s intimate venues to match a wonderful mix of art, literature and entertainment.

Festival Highlights:

  • Friday Gala Art Gallery opening with acclaimed painter Euan Macleod, winner of three major Australian art prizes  &  his biographer and fellow artist  Gregory O’Brien, plus Warwick Broadhead at his best!
  • Saturday  Artworks Theatre – eminent writer Lloyd Jones,  2011  NZ fiction  winner Laurence Fearnley & master poet Jenny Bornholdt
  • Deck Chair readings at The Owhanake Barn – an enchanting relaxing afternoon of readings plus wine, strawberries  & the Waiheke French crepe  trailer will be there too!
  • Sunday Lunch with Peta Mathias plus Michael Smythe and his new book New Zealand by Design at Mudbrick Vineyard Restaurant
  • High Tea & Bubbles at The Boatshed with antiquarian rare books expert Anah Dunsheath, more literary words and seriously good finger food,  the nautical chic of Waiheke’s  designer hotel !

Catch the ferry to Waiheke for Words on a Small Island the Waiheke Book Festival, welcome the start of summer and make a weekend of it.

Earlybird bookings open now. visit www.WaihekeBookFestival.co.nz

Readers and Writers Festival

Auckland Readers and Writers Festival 2011The Auckland Readers and Writer’s Festival opens today!

It’s our annual festival of bookie goodness. There’s heaps of free events, so you’ve got no excuse not to head out and catch a few.

Are you heading along, oh bookish-Aucklanders on the internet? Which events are you planning on seeing? Tell us in the comments!

 

Cassandra Clare to Tour NZ in 2011

Cassandra ClareNew York Times best-selling author CASSANDRA CLARE will be touring NEW ZEALAND in May 2011!

AUCKLAND /  WELLINGTON

Cassandra Clare – author of the best-selling series The Mortal Instruments – will be visiting the cities of Auckland and Wellington between the dates of 12-27 May 2011 and will be a guest author at Auckland Readers & Writers Festival.

Kiwi readers have rushed to embrace her books: City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass, causing each release to break in to the top ten best-seller lists nationally. Cassandra’s legions of fans will be gearing up for the greatly-anticipated release of the fourth book in the sequence – CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, which will be released shortly before her tour.

“I’m so excited to be heading to NZ in 2011!” enthuses Cassandra. “First off, I’ve never been there and I’ve always wanted to go. Secondly, I get the best fan mail from my New Zealand readers! They’re so articulate, thoughtful and enthusiastic about books! I’m literally counting the days till I’m on my way!”

Hollywood studios are also in negotiations to greenlight a movie series of The Mortal Instruments which is already hotly tipped to rival the phenomenon of the Harry Potter and Twilight movie franchises.

The cover of Book 4 City of Fallen Angels will be revealed to the world in December 2010.

WHO WILL BE TEMPTED BY DARKNESS?

WHO WILL FIND THEIR ROMANCE TORN APART?

WHO WILL BETRAY EVERYTHING THEY EVER BELIEVED IN?

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS BOOK 4: CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS

By Cassandra Clare

Publishing worldwide 5 April 2011

Walker Books Australia

www.walkerbooks.com.au

For further festival information and bookings please go to:

www.writersfestival.co.nz

Linky goodness and New Kitty update

Christchurch City Libraries have been to the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival and seen David Levithan – here and here.

Backpacker Kitty – Guillaume, Laetitia and Kitty have been backpacking from North America to Tierra del Fuego – travelling on foot. Apparently Laetitia has returned to France, but Guillaume and Kitty continue the journey. The last news seems to be from December last year, but there’s a new website going up by the looks of things – but it doesn’t appear finished.

Kitty was a stray who joined them in North America – travelling with a kitty who just wants to be with you wherever you are? I could travel like that. Note – the link is to a google English translation of their site – in French it is at http://enfanceart.free.fr/miami_ushuaia/.

Of course I like this idea because the kitty is simply Kitty – like our kitty who is New Kitty. Capisce?

Speaking of New Kitty she is settling in well and seems to rather like me now. She is still a little skittish of Mr Monster and the kiddies but then she’s also quite young so is generally a bit of a bouncer. She’s also a scratcher (of objects, not people) and a player with the mousie toys. Play-ah! I will try to get more piccies for interested people soon.