Silver Road, Epsom
An afternoon of women's words, wit & wisdom served with a lavish afternoon tea:
1pm Barbara Else – 'Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women'. A stunning, illustrated collection of true stories about extraordinary NZ women who stepped up, spoke out & blazed trails. Feminist & inspiring – for all ages.
1.20pm Gigi Fenster – 'Feverish' An original & captivating memoir about the ‘fever’ of life & creativity; wittily explores her South African childhood, family relationships, transgression, vulnerability & empathy.
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.
Tickets are $65 from The Women's Bookshop, 105 Ponsonby Rd. Buy online or phone +64 9 376 4399