Explore the pain and joy of family life with Adam Dudding and Emily Writes, hear about Catherine Chidgey’s experimental new novel, and find out how to tell a nation’s story through fast food with Steve Braunias.
Sit back, listen, and think, as those who spend their lives writing about our world share their work with you. Ask questions, discuss and discover, meet authors, have your books signed and browse the Page & Blackmore bookstall.
Come early to order coffee - when the talking begins the machine is turned off!
HEAR MORE FOR LESS with two special offers: 5 for $50 or 10 for $90 (plus TicketDirect service fee). Excludes the Thinking Brunches. Choose the five or ten talks you wish to attend at a discounted price. Offer can be used for a group booking. These special offers are only available from Theatre Royal Nelson.
All sessions are 60 mins, no interval.
Continue the conversation at 10am on both Tuesdays after the weekend sessions, with discussion groups at Nelson’s Elma Turner Library.
Acclaimed writers - and long-time friends - Tusiata Avia and Selina Tusitala Marsh each create sonorous prose and poetry that weave together the voices of the living and dead, the past and the present.
They’ve been looking for a chance to interrogate each other, and here’s your opportunity to hear the results.
Join two of New Zealand’s leading writers as they discuss their own work, as well as consider each other’s.
Congratulations to Selina who is New Zealand's new Poet Laureate.
The Marlborough Sounds are paradise – unless you’re hiding from a ruthless man with a grudge.
Marlborough Man author Alan Carter’s first crime novel, centering on detective sergeant Philip ‘Cato’ Kwong, won Australia’s prestigious Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction in 2011 and became a series, translated around the world.
A first-rate crime novelist, Carter discusses the local influences on his latest work with author Karen Stade.
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Award-winning chef, photographer and writer Nicola Galloway has amassed an army of followers eager for her tasty recipes.
This year she released Homegrown Kitchen, packed full of her secrets for wholefood family cooking, sourdoughs, ferments, preserves, baking and more.
Hear how she built her business, her passion for local food, and the cookbook she always wanted to write. In conversation with Neudorf Vineyards co-owner and passionate foodie Judy Finn.
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Toby Morris is an acclaimed comic artist, illustrator and designer, one-half of RNZ news duo Toby & Toby, and author of fatherhood manual Don’t Puke On Your Dad. Now he’s a children’s book author too.
Hear him read from Capsicum Capsi Go and The Day The Costumes Stuck, two delightful tales that are sure to become family favourites. There’ll even be a chance to make your own Capsi.
Great for children up to age 8 years.
Journalist Adam Dudding’s father Robin was a leading literary light of his time, but he was also a deeply troubled man.
Dudding has detailed his family’s tumultuous life in My Father’s Island, winner of the Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction and shortlisted for Best Non-Fiction at this year’s Ockham Book Awards.
Nelson journalist and dad Charles Anderson joins him in conversation about writing, fatherhood – and how to get away with publishing your family’s secrets.
Leading journalist Steve Braunias has delighted readers for decades with his gorgeous yet searing prose.
Last year, he decided to eat at every one of the 55 fast-food joints on West Auckland’s Lincoln Road, writing about his mission in the New Zealand Herald - though the spirit of Lincoln Rd, Braunias says, is in every town in New Zealand. He’ll be talking all manner of rubbish with Nelson writer, DJ and bon vivant Grant Smithies.
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Our region has long been known as an artistic hotspot, but when visitors come, what do they find?
How do we compare to newer art centres such as New Plymouth? Can Nelson position itself as a healthy haven for artists with a thriving arts culture and economy?
Join Auckland critic Anthony Byrt, Light Nelson co-founder John-Paul Pochin, former gallery owner Philip Woollaston, and Nelson artists Fleur Woods and Josephine Cachemaille. Nelson-based journalist Paul McIntyre keeps order.
Award-winning writer, judge and Ockham Non-Fiction book finalist Anthony Byrt has made his career in that most challenging of journalistic disciplines: art criticism.
With regular columns and features in Metro as well as leading art journals, he’s developed the genre and matured art writing and thinking in New Zealand, bringing it to a wider audience both here and internationally.
Hear him discuss his writing and the state of our contemporary art scene with photographer and Bishop Suter Trust chair Craig Potton.
It’s official: Catherine Chidgey’s The Wish Child is the best novel in New Zealand this year.
Her story, set in World War II Germany, won big at the 2017 Ockhams, and now she’s released her experimental new novel, The Beat of the Pendulum. She created it by writing down a snippet of heard dialogue every day - from TV, family discussions, and a touch of eavesdropping.
Hear how she pulled it off, in conversation with Jacquetta Bell.
Novelist and anorexia survivor Erin Donohue has lived a lifetime in her 22 years.
The former ballet dancer’s first book Because Everything Is Right but Everything Is Wrong has just been released, shedding light on the intricacies of friendship, mental health and masculinity in the ordinary lives of New Zealand teens.
She’ll be talking to Jessie Bray Sharpin about writing, mental health, and how her teenage experiences with illness shaped her novel.
Wellington mother, writer and The Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes has struck a chord with her raw, honest and funny look at parenting.
With a huge following on social media and in print, Emily regularly faces down online trolls and “well-meaning” finger-waggers, while still managing to advocate for tired mothers everywhere – mostly at 3am.
Emily and Cindy Batt discuss her sudden life turn, what parents need, and the privileges and perils of writing on the internet.
Finding the cannabis laws in his homeland a little too draconian for his tastes, well-known writer and columnist Colin Hogg embarked on a journey to the new frontier of marijuana, the United States.
Travelling through states that have legalised the controversial leaf to varying degrees, Hogg takes the trip of a lifetime - and, in The High Road, makes his case for why cannabis should be legalised in New Zealand too.
In conversation with Readers & Writers programme coordinator Naomi Arnold.
[Please note this differs from the printed brochure as Gerard Hindmarsh is no longer able to attend this session.]
How can we tell vital science stories in a world overrun with distractions?
Recently awarded a QSM for his services to environmental journalism, Nelson writer and photographer Dave Hansford's latest book, Protecting Paradise: 1080 and the Fight to Save New Zealand’s Wildlife, continues to cause ructions wherever he goes. He's a frequent contributor to New Zealand Geographic magazine, newly helmed by award-winning journalist and editor Rebekah White.
They discuss the health of New Zealand science media with science writer, editor and broadcaster Veronika Meduna.
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Last year, Donald Trump won the most powerful office in the world and has been busy dismantling the rights of women ever since.
His appointment launched an outpouring of grief and anger, yet has also galvanised activists across the globe, with more women signing up for public office, and a worldwide protest five million strong.
Journalist and editor Rebekah White, author and activist Emily Writes, and writers Laura Irish and Michelanne Forster discuss, with Nelson Museum CEO Lucinda Blackley-Jimson keeping order.
It’s been a year full of wings for Elisabeth Easther.
She wrote a play on the work of Nelson bird and environmental activist Perrine Moncrieff, and edited an anthology of New Zealand avian writing, Bird Words.
As well as writing, Easther also has the distinction of being long-running soap Shortland Street’s first murderer, in her three-year role as nurse Carla Crozier.
Elisabeth discusses birds, writing and life with Michelanne Forster.
Caver Marcus Thomas and photographer Neil Silverwood laboured over Caves for years, producing a coffee-table behemoth full of the magic of our underground world.
The top of the South Island has some of the globe’s most spectacular caves, but few people will ever realise the extent of their magnificence in person. This will be your chance to cave vicariously with one of New Zealand’s best, in conversation with Potton & Burton publisher Robbie Burton.