Taranaki Arts Festival: Words in the Libri Lounge

This literary programme features an inspiring line-up of leading storytellers from around New Zealand. Enjoy the ambience of the Libri Lounge, located in New Plymouth’s TSB Showplace, as they discuss their work and give exclusive insights into what drives them.

For more information visit: www.artsfest.co.nz

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Featuring:

karyn hay.PNGKARYN HAY
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: The March of the Foxgloves

The heroine of Karyn Hay’s second book, The March of the Foxgloves, is as rebellious as the media personality herself.

Karyn, well-known as the presenter of iconic 1980s TV show, Radio With Pictures, has always spoken her mind.

As well as spending more than a decade as the evening talkback host on RadioLIVE, this veteran broadcaster is an award-winning novelist.

The March of the Foxgloves centres on the risqué nude photos of Frances Woodward, a feisty “new woman”, who flees London, leaving behind a scandal, and the cruel and puritanical Benedict Hunt.

In her adopted country, Frances falls in with other artists and non-conformists to forge her own path.

This novel explores Victorian erotica and is set in colonial Auckland and Tauranga in 1893, the year New Zealand women got the vote.

WHEN Sat, Aug 19, 2pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION
60 minutes
Sponsored by
Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by
Creative New Zealand

terry moyle.PNGTERRY MOYLE
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: Art Deco New Zealand: An Illustrated Guide

Step into the Art Deco landscape of New Zealand with professional artist and writer Terry Moyle.

Terry will share his impressive research alongside a collection of stunning illustrations, many of which have garnered worldwide interest.

In Art Deco New Zealand: An Illustrated Guide Terry and his partner and illustrator Rosie Louise use their artistic skills to breathe life into Art Deco buildings around New Zealand that are obscured, dilapidated, or even lost.

When we think of Art Deco our minds immediately go to Napier and Hastings, but there is a distinctly national identity in this period of design, which can be seen in towns and cities throughout New Zealand, including New Plymouth.

WHEN Sun, Aug 20, 2pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION 60 minutes
Sponsored by Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by Creative New Zealand

ALLAN SCOTT
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: Marlborough Man

This is Allan Scott’s quintessential Kiwi story of how he became an accidental wine-industry trailblazer.

As a young farmhand he helped plant the first vines, going on to help Montana and Corbans establish their sauvignon vineyards, and then to found his own hugely successful family winery.

In Marlborough Man, Allan talks about the characters he’s met, the wine he’s made and the stories that surround the industry he’s grown to love. It also details the global success of New Zealand's billion-dollar sauvignon blanc industry.

In this autobiography, penned with help from ghost writer Eric Arnold, there are heroes and villains, tales of luck and perseverance, mistakes and triumphs, bloody-mindedness and extraordinary ingenuity.

With humour and humility, Allan tells a personal saga of risking it all and keeping a family together.

Ticket price includes a glass of Allan Scott Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

WHEN Sun, Aug 20, 4pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION 60 minutes
Sponsored by Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by Creative New Zealand

KATE DE GOLDI AND SUSAN PARIS
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: Annual

At Christmas time there was nothing more exciting than opening a new Annual filled with stories, pictures and poems.

Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris have revisited those days of old with a fresh take on the classic Kiwi Annual for children, which adults will love too.

Bristling with wonderful illustrations, quirky cartoons, DIY crafts, tales and poems, this eye-catching book is a collector’s item. Turn the pages and you’ll also find songs, plays and treasure maps.

This book is a literal and visceral journey of nostalgia, led by two great creatives.

Kate is a multi-award-winning writer and one of New Zealand’s best-known commentators on children’s literature, through her regular sessions on National Radio and extensive visits to schools.

Susan has 15 years of experience in publishing and under her stewardship the School Journal has won Best Publication in New Zealand educational publishing three times.

WHEN Sat, Aug 26, 2pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION 60 minutes
Sponsored by Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by Creative New Zealand

ROB SUISTED
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: Country Calendar – Stories from our Rural Heartland

This book is about hard yakka, living off the land and having a place to stand.

Anybody who has found themselves immersed in the tales of Country Calendar will be mesmerised by this book.

And, as a nod to the importance of Taranaki’s place in the farming landscape of New Zealand, the Newton farm at Urenui is emblazoned on the front of Country Calendar – Stories from our Rural Heartland.

The Taranaki hill-country holding is one of 15 properties featured in this glossy book, which celebrates 50 years of New Zealand’s longest-running TV programme.

Complementing writer Matt Philp’s fine storytelling are rich images from award-winning photographer Rob Suisted.

In this visual session, Rob will take the audience on a journey of the rural properties that were showcased on Country Calendar and later revisited for this special book.

WHEN Sat, Aug 26, 4pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION 60 minutes
Sponsored by Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by Creative New Zealand

NICKY HAGER
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: Hit & Run

Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager is returning to the Taranaki Arts Festival to give a behind the scenes look at his latest headline-grabbing book.

The investigative journalist doesn’t shy away from tackling difficult issues and Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour is no exception.

Nicky and co-author Jon Stephenson offer chilling evidence that 21 civilians, including a three-year-old girl, were killed or injured during a botched revenge raid following the death of a Kiwi soldier.

Nicky’s audience can expect a candid session about the claims of a cover-up and the alleged war crimes.

Nicky has written six other best-selling books, probing hard-hitting subjects like New Zealand’s role in the international spy network, an anti-environmental PR campaign, genetic engineering and of course, dirty politics.

WHEN Sun, Aug 27, 2pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION 60 minutes
Sponsored by Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by Creative New Zealand

NICK BOLLINGER
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: Goneville

Nick Bollinger’s is a coming-of-age story and an intimate look at the evolving music scene in 1970s New Zealand.

Back then Nick turned his back on regular jobs and university to become a bass player with Rick Bryant’s Rough Justice. On the road, he had close encounters with a bevy of New Zealand greats including Bruno Lawrence’s Blerta and hit-maker Dragon.

In this memoir, Nick steps into those grimy, wild, drug-fuelled days, and brings them to life with deft story-telling.

Nick has been writing about music for as long as he can remember, starting with a record review for a school newspaper when he was 10. Now, more than four decades later, writing about music occupies most of his working hours.

Goneville shows how music intersected (sometimes violently) with the prevailing culture, in which real men played rugby, not rock.

WHEN Sun, Sep 2, 2pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION 60 minutes
Sponsored by Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by Creative New Zealand

ALICE GALLETLY
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: How to Have a Beer

“So you want to be a beer expert. And who wouldn’t? The fame, the money, the calls from your Mum asking which stout she should get at the supermarket – it’s what we’re all in for at the end of the day,” – Alice Galletly.

Journalist Alice is a self-confessed beer nerd with a blog and book to back her up.

But don’t expect a snobby pale ale connoisseur or a lofty lover of lager – she is as earthy as the yeast used in beer making.

For a year from August 9, 2011, Galletly drank a different bottle of beer each day and wrote about it in a blog.

The drinking and blogging led to the book, writing for glossy food magazines and even becoming a judge in the 2017 New World Beer & Cider Awards.

Alice and her book How to Have a Beer will have you guffawing into your Guinness with her wit and self-effacing tales.

WHEN Sat, Sep 2, 4pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION 60 minutes
Sponsored by Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by Creative New Zealand

CATHERINE CHIDGEY
New Zealand/Aotearoa
Libri Lounge: The Wish Child

It’s been 13 years since award-winning author Catherine Chidgey released a new book.

Her fourth novel, The Wish Child, follows the lives of two families in Hitler’s Germany during World War II and is narrated by a mysterious figure.

While the Nazi atrocities happen off the page, this novel shows how ordinary people were swayed by obscene rhetoric and far-fetched lies.

It sounds all too familiar.

Known for her exquisite prose from In a Fishbone Church and Golden Deeds, Catherine’s latest offering has already been widely celebrated by reviewers.

“The Wish Child reminds us with grace and understated wisdom of a need to strive for universal good. I ached as I read. This novel is unmissable.” – The Sunday Star Times.

WHEN Sun, Sep 3, 2pm
WHERE Libri Lounge
DURATION 60 minutes
Sponsored by Ricoh Taranaki
Supported by Creative New Zealand