Programme

June 2016

We’d like to update you on what’s happening with the Waiheke Literary Festival this year.

Following on from last year’s Festival, our Director Janis McArdle has decided to step down due to the pressures of expanding her own business.  We are greatly indebted to Janis for the enthusiasm and professionalism with which she carried the 2015 Festival and wish her well in her private endeavours.

The Trustees are now seeking a replacement Director and exploring how best to progress the Festival,  either in its current format or in some other guise.

Consequently we have resolved to put the Festival on hold for 2016 and aim to re-emerge with fresh ideas for Waiheke Literary Festival 2017.

To do this we need a new Director and a team of enthusiastic people to help plan and run our next Festival.

If you are willing to put your name forward, or can suggest others who you think are appropriate for the following tasks, please get in touch with me.

The tasks which we would like to allocate in the next few months are:

  • Director
  • Programme Committee Convenor
  • Fund-raising and Marketing Co-ordinator
  • IT Co-ordinator
  • Venue and Logistics Co-ordinator
  • Trustee

There will of course be other tasks and responsibilities once a Director has been appointed so if you have skills and experiences that would be helpful but aren’t mentioned above, please do get in touch.

Please email me with your contact details and how you might like to help up move this exciting project forward. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Gordon Cuthbert

Chairman, Waiheke Book Festival Charitable Trust

chair@waihekeliteraryfestival.co.nz

2015 Programme Included:

Day 1
13 Nov 2015
Day 2
14 Nov 2015
Day 3
15 Nov 2015

Festival Exhibition

my quarrel with whales / paintings from oceania by Greg O’Brien. Coinciding with Gregory O’Brien’s new collection of poems and drawings, Whale Years (Auckland University Press, 2015), this exhibition trawls the greater Pacific region for vestiges of meaning, beauty, the intelligence of ages. Between the hard facts and the numinous expanse, the paintings record journeys, discoveries and the state of being...
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Greg O'Brien
Greg O’Brien

Workshop – The Writer’s Diet – Cancelled

Please note that his session has been cancelled – we apologize for any inconvenience :  Have you ever noticed that DIET is an anagram of EDIT? This workshop by writing expert Helen Sword will introduce you to The Writer’s Diet, her new book from Auckland University Press, which includes a diagnostic tool for helping writers at all levels distinguish between...
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Helen Sword

Gala Opening with Roger Horrocks

Supported by Coopers Creek New Zealand and RSVP Publishing :  Join us as we celebrate the opening of the 2015 Waiheke Literary Festival with featured guest Roger Horrocks discussing his new work Zizz! The life and art of Len Lye, in his own words. Mix and mingle with authors featured in this year’s programme and view the Waiheke Community Gallery exhibition...
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Roger Horrocks
Roger Horrocks

Dropping the Mask: Mike Johnson

Come along to Waiheke Library to celebrate the launch of two new books by Mike Johnson, award-winning writer and creative writing teacher. Johnson will be launching his first autobiographical work, Angel of Compassion, which explores his recent experience at Auckland Hospital and investigates the most fundamental issues of mind, body and spirit. Then there will be a change of pace with Back...
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Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Festival Exhibition

my quarrel with whales / paintings from oceania by Greg O’Brien. Coinciding with Gregory O’Brien’s new collection of poems and drawings, Whale Years (Auckland University Press, 2015), this exhibition trawls the greater Pacific region for vestiges of meaning, beauty, the intelligence of ages. Between the hard facts and the numinous expanse, the paintings record journeys, discoveries and the state of being...
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Greg O'Brien
Greg O’Brien

Friendship, food, passion and family secrets

Supported by Waiheke Unichem Pharmacy : Nicky Pellegrino has enjoyed success in New Zealand and internationally with her fiction. Set in Italy, her stories are about friendship, food, love and happiness. Nicky will talk with Arcadia bookstore’s Doris Mousedale about how often we forget to be happy, even when life is perfectly good. She will share her inspirations for her latest...
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Nicky Pellegrino
Nicky Pelligrino

Walk with Words On A Small Island

In collaboration with the Waiheke Walking Festival Bring your walking shoes and sunhats and meet Greg O’Brien and a group of Waiheke writers and poets as you walk up and across the stunning Matiatia headland and discover words that give meaning to place. Meet on the beach at Matiatia, where Greg O’Brien will send you on your journey with inspirational readings from his...
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Ingrid Scott
Ingrid Scott
Kayla MacKenzie Kopp
Kayla MacKenzie-Kopp
Robyne Winton
Robyne Winton
Nora West
Nora West
Alex Stone
Alex Stone
Greg O'Brien
Greg O’Brien

Fun and Games @ the Library

Drop the kids off for a fun activity session! Two hours of fun and games for all ages.

Writing About War

Supported by the Ffynroc Trust : Distinguished New Zealand military historian Christopher Pugsley and Dr Mary Paul, Massey University’s Robin Hyde scholar, join Jeremy Sherlock, publisher and former non-fiction commissioning editor at Penguin, to discuss issues related to writing about war. Robin Hyde’s book Passport to Hell, republished this year, has been described by C. K. Stead as “probably the single...
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Pat Sandbrook
Dr Pat Sandbrook
Jeremy Sherlock
Jeremy Sherlock
Mary Paul
Dr Mary Paul
Chris Pugsley
Dr Christopher Pugsley

Into the future with dystopian fiction

Supported by Gather & Hunt : So what are they on about? Author of The Chimes Anna Smaill and Mike Johnson, author of Stench and other works, have created future worlds where oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained by totalitarian, technological or moral control. Such dystopias (the opposite of utopian societies) have at their heart...
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Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson
Anna Smaill
Anna Smaill

Saturday Combo

Get a great discount when you purchase tickets to these Festival Saturday events. Only $90 for three great events.   NOVELS AND NEUROSCIENCE 11:45am MORRA Hall, 115 Ocean View Road, Oneroa Neuropsychologist Dr Jenni Ogden author of “Trouble in Mind” has now turned her extraordinary scientific mind to fiction writing with her first novel “A Drop in the Ocean” due out...
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Lucinda Peterken
Lucinda Peterken
Jenni Ogden
Dr Jenni Ogden
Carl Nixon
Carl Nixon
Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas

Novels and neuroscience – fact and fiction

Supported by the Rojolie Clinic : Neuropsychologist Dr Jenni Ogden author of Trouble in Mind has now turned her extraordinary scientific mind to fiction writing with her first novel A Drop in the Ocean due out next year. Be fascinated by the process of changing from hard facts to fantasy as Jenni describes how she has turned the subject matter...
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Jenni Ogden
Dr Jenni Ogden
Nicky Pellegrino
Nicky Pelligrino

Sam Ashworth @ The Library

Join local writer Sam Ashworth as she provides an interesting insight into the background of what inspired and motivated her to write The Falconer’s Daughter. One of the central themes of The Falconer’s Daughter is the young protagonist’s experience rehabilitating and training an injured hawk. Sam was able to draw upon her own experience of this ancient art to incorporate...
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Sam Ashworth
Sam Ashworth

Poetry Off The Page – Session One

Performance poetry at its best – relax in the Artworks Courtyard for the first of our small but perfectly formed poetry sessions with Sue Fitchett and Mike Johnson.
Sue Fitchett
Sue Fitchett
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Super Award Winning Children’s Author: Leonie Agnew

Come along to Waiheke Library to enjoy a fun interactive session with multi award winning children’s author Leonie Agnew. Find out how a love of making things up (commonly referred to as lying) became a writing career, how an ordinary kid can transform themselves into a superhero, and how standing up for what you believe in really can change the...
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Leonie Agnew
Leonie Agnew

Words, Wisdom & Wisecracks!

Stephanie Johnson in conversation with Carole Beu. Stephanie Johnson’s most recent novel, ‘The Writers’ Festival’, is a stand-alone sequel to her 2013 novel ‘The Writing Class’. Both are hugely entertaining novels that also explore the politics, intrigue and comedy of the publishing industry, writing classes, literary festivals and book awards. Stephanie’s earlier work includes historical novels, satire, short stories and...
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Stephanie Johnson
Stephanie Johnson

Poetry Off The Page – Session Two

Performance poetry at its best – relax in the Artworks Courtyard for the second of our small but perfectly formed poetry sessions with Greg O’Brien and Jacqueline Carter.
Jacqueline Carter
Jacqueline Carter
Greg O'Brien
Greg O’Brien

Taniwha Picture Book Launch

Come along to Waiheke Library to hear award winning writer Mike Johnson share his first ever picture book! Long-time teller of tall tales to entertain his kids, long time performance poet with a masterful flair for words, Johnson has come together with artist Jennifer Rackham to transform his poem into a picture book that explores the mystery of the Taniwha....
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Jenn Rackham
Jenn Rackham
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Julie Thomas – As Crime Writer

Talking about her latest novel, ‘Blood, Wine and Chocolate’ Julie is sure to grab our attention.  She has written a fast-paced and gripping crime thriller – one that might however require the reader to suspend disbelief and just go along for the crazy ride.  There is a fair share of blood, but it’s the lovingly detailed descriptions of mouth-watering servings...
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Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas

The Song of the Ghost in the Machine

Roger Horrocks’s The Song of the Ghost in the Machine (Victoria University Press) is a unique collection of poetry for its free-wheeling arguments about philosophy, the existence of God, the digital age, scientific discoveries about the brain, the pleasures of walking, and many curious topics. Those who heard Kathryn Ryan and Greg O’Brien discussing the book on National Radio will...
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Roger Horrocks
Roger Horrocks

Poetry Off The Page – Session Three

Performance poetry at its best – relax in the Artworks Courtyard for the second of our small but perfectly formed poetry sessions with Frances Edmond and Alex Stone.
Frances Edmond
Frances Edmond
Alex Stone
Alex Stone

Ian Wedde – A Collection Of Works

Join this literary ‘master craftsman’ as he talks about a life of writing: poetry, essays, non-fiction, critiquing art, and his latest novel Trifecta. His work has been praised for the vigour of its language and the scope of its ideas. Ian will be in conversation with novelist, poet and MIT creative writing teacher Anne Kennedy.   [featured-event id=”4983″]
Ian Wedde
Ian Wedde

The Health Illusion We Live and the Lies We’re Told

When you buy into the belief that health is about feelings, feeling ok, freedom from symptoms – there is a ‘fee’ that comes with it; a price you pay. The fee is not only the plethora of medications you end up on – it’s your life. The way you approach health now is more than likely the same way it...
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The Allure of the Graphic Novel

Not just for kids, graphic novels have emerged as a serious literary form in recent years. One of New Zealand’s most successful graphic novelists Dylan Horrocks will talk about the inspiration behind his novels novels Hicksville (1998) and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen (2015).   [featured-event id=”5144″]
Dylan Horrocks
Dylan Horrocks

The Whale Years

Incorporating poems from his latest collection, Whale Years, Greg O’Brien melds art works, photographs, sound (by Phil Dadson) and moving images to trace an imaginative encounter with the Pacific Ocean which began with a voyage on HMNZS Otago to Raoul Island in 2011. By way of Chile, Easter Island, Tonga, the Chathams and Waiheke Island, O’Brien reflects upon the great...
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Greg O'Brien
Greg O’Brien

Play, Pie and a Pinot

 Supported by Coopers Creek New Zealand : Styled on the wonderfully successful Play, Pie and Pint series in Glasgow’s west end pub/performance venue the Oran Mor – this session will delight fans of Waiheke’s Urban Escargot with his gourmet pies and acclaimed NZ playwright Carl Nixon. Nixon’s new play Matthew Mark, Luke and Joanne premieres at Christchurch’s Court Theatre in April...
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Lucinda Peterken
Lucinda Peterken
Carl Nixon
Carl Nixon

Vanishing Nature

Dr Marie Brown’s new book Vanishing Nature shows how we are on a collision course with New Zealand’s fragile natural world. She argues that our economic systems do not account for nature and what it provides, and incentives to damage are stronger and more numerous than those for protection. She believes loss is not inevitable and sets out concrete steps...
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Dr Marie Brown
Dr Marie Brown

A most discerning audience : Writing for younger readers – POSTPONED

Please note that this session has been postponed : Writing for children and young adults offers its own strategies and challenges, heartbreak and hope. This workshop will look at the craft of writing fiction for this age group: connecting with and engaging young readers, developing ideas and structure, as well as tips for getting started. Learn from the experience of two...
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Sam Ashworth
Sam Ashworth
Paul Mason
Paul Mason

Sunday Combo

Receive a great discount when you purchase tickets to these Festival Sunday events. Only $125 for three great events, including the Literary Lunch at Cable Bay VANISHING NATURE 10am Artworks Theatre, 2 Korora Road, Oneroa Dr Marie Brown’s new book Vanishing Nature shows how we are on a collision course with New Zealand’s fragile natural world. She argues that our economic...
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Dr Marie Brown
Dr Marie Brown
Peter Lange
Peter Lange
Karen Breen
Karen Breen
Stephen Leaton
Stephen Leaton
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson
Ann Glamuzina
Ann Glamuzina
Ian Wedde
Ian Wedde
Steve Braunias
Steve Braunias

Author Readings – Anna Smaill, Julie Thomas and Stephanie Johnson

Hearing authors read aloud from their own works is one of the many treats on offer during literary and writing festivals – and our event on Waiheke is no exception. This year we bring together authors Anna Smaill, Julie Thomas and Stephanie Johnson reading from their recently published works in the Waiheke Community Gallery. Join these three very different writers as they...
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Stephanie Johnson
Stephanie Johnson
Anna Smaill
Anna Smaill
Julie Thomas
Julie Thomas

Festival Exhibition

my quarrel with whales / paintings from oceania by Greg O’Brien. Coinciding with Gregory O’Brien’s new collection of poems and drawings, Whale Years (Auckland University Press, 2015), this exhibition trawls the greater Pacific region for vestiges of meaning, beauty, the intelligence of ages. Between the hard facts and the numinous expanse, the paintings record journeys, discoveries and the state of being...
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Greg O'Brien
Greg O’Brien

Literary Lunch At Cable Bay

Always the highlight of our Festival this year’s ‘world famous on Waiheke Literary Lunch’ is at the award winning Cable Bay Restaurant and Vineyard. Be entertained, enthralled and perhaps a little perplexed as you listen to investigative journalist and satirist Steve Braunias talk about his latest work….Sculptor Peter Lange will share the ‘crunchie bits’ of his life from his recently published memoir Hokey Pokey. The winner of the newly...
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Peter Lange
Peter Lange
Ian Wedde
Ian Wedde
Steve Braunias
Steve Braunias

Tween’s Literary Quiz – POSTPONED

Please note that this session has been postponed and all teams advised Love reading? Enjoy doing quizzes? Aged 10 to 13? Then the Words on a Small Island Tween’s Lit Quiz is the event for you! Enter your team of four to compete for our prize. This fast paced event will be MC’s by Waiheke’s own Stephen Hollins: actor, performance...
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Korora Press Book Launch

Three Waiheke writers from the very successful collection Sentries of the Heart are now taking the next step and are each launching a book. A Change of Air by Nora West is a family saga that spans the journey from Edwardian England to Waiheke Island. The heroine is only eight years old when she sets off with her father to...
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Ingrid Scott
Ingrid Scott
Kayla MacKenzie Kopp
Kayla MacKenzie-Kopp
Nora West
Nora West

Beautiful Thinking

Supported by Auckland Property Management & Waiheke Escapes : Karen Breen – Stephen Leaton – Ann Glamuzina. What these three authors have in common is their love of writing. Come and hear the inspiration behind their diverse and universally well received novels – Leaton’s Vivienne’s Blog a psychological thriller, Breen’s Sleep, Sister a beautifully rendered story of two sisters finding themselves...
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Karen Breen
Karen Breen
Stephen Leaton
Stephen Leaton
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson
Ann Glamuzina
Ann Glamuzina