2018 Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival

Readers and Writers

Three Writing Workshops with Anna Mackenzie

Write Here, Write Now - youth workshop
Friday 12 October, 10.00am-12.00 noon
Hastings City Art Gallery
Admission: $25.00. Limited to 20 places. For ages 12 up.

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Arc and Craft: the art of short story
Friday 19 October, 10.00am-12.00 noon
Hastings City Art Gallery
Admission: $40.00. Limited to 20 places.

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Finished a Draft - What Next?
Friday 19 October, 1.30-3.30pm
Hastings City Art Gallery
Admission: $50.00. Limited to 20 places.

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Anna Mackenzie

Anna Mackenzie writes award-winning contemporary, historic and speculative fiction, edits magazines, teaches creative writing and mentors aspiring writers. She is published by Penguin Random House. Her nine titles have won an NZ Honour Award, Sir Julius Vogel Award, White Raven (Germany) and seven Notable Book Awards. She is Vice-President of NZSA and lives in Hawke’s Bay.

Finding My Way Home

Saturday 20 October - 10.00am
MTG Century Theatre, Napier
Admission: $18.00

Helen Brown    

Helen Brown is an award-winning writer and journalist. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including Cleo, a memoir about a cat and the accidental death of Helen’s nine-year-old son Sam, and the sequel, Jonah. Helen writes a column for Yours magazine and articles for Huffington Post US. Helen now lives in Melbourne with her husband Philip and their crazy, blog-obsessed cat, Jonah.  

Based on her Huffington Post blog which is read by more than 22 million people, Helen’s new book, Bono, is centred around a homeless cat with a big heart.  Happily married for 22 years and with three grown children, it was following a mastectomy that Helen took stock of her comfortable life in Melbourne and found it wanting. Seizing the day, she ran away to New York, the city that never sleeps, where she fostered Bono, a rescue cat in need of a forever home.

The book is a tender, funny and insightful story about life, love and recovery, as cat and woman discover that, in the end, home is where the heart is.

Between the Lines - a history in old letters

Saturday 20 October - 12.00 noon
MTG Century Theatre, Napier
Admission: $18.00

Peter Wells

Peter Wells is an award-winning author and film-maker. His books include the ground breaking short story collection, Dangerous Desires, which won the 1992 NZ Book Award and PEN Best First Book in Prose Award, and Long Loop Home, his memoir about growing up in Auckland with Napier grandparents which won the Biography award at the 2002 Montana NZ Book Awards. His films include activist documentaries like Newest City on the Globe which fired up Napier’s Art Deco movement and the flamboyant feature film Desperate Remedies

Peter's latest book is Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History. He also writes on Facebook Hello Darkness which The Spinoff have made into a series. It looks at his experiences of living with cancer. Hello Darkness recently won the Voyager Media Award for Best First-Person Essay. 

The Shrieking Sisterhood: women's voices in the past

Saturday 20 October  -  3.00pm
MTG Century Theatre, Napier
Admission: $18.00

Barbara Brookes

Barbara Brookes is a Professor of History at the University of Otago. Barbara's research, writing and teaching have contributed significantly to new perspectives on women's history.  She has published numerous articles, book chapters, edited books and two monographs in which she has explored a range of topics in imaginative ways, consistently placing women at the centre of her research. 

Her landmark 2016 book, A History of New Zealand Women won the 2017 Ockham prize for illustrated non-fiction.

Lachy Paterson

Lachy Paterson serves as an Associate Professor in Te Tumu: School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago.  His primary research interests focus on Maori history, in particular using Maori-language texts.  His first book, Colonial Discourses: Niupepa Māori 1855-67 (2006), investigated Maori-language newspapers and the nature and impact of their social, political and religious reporting.   With Angela Wanhalla, he co-wrote He Reo Wahine (2017), examining a wide range of archival material to uncover the “voices” of nineteenth-century Maori women.  With his Te Tumu colleagues, Lachy has collaborated to produce a Te Kōparapara: An Introduction to the Māori World (2018) on Maori history, society and culture. He is currently working with a number of international scholars to produce an edited collection on Indigenous textual cultures.

Ang Wanhalla

Angela Wanhalla teaches in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago. To date, much of Angela’s research has focused on the historical experiences of women and families, ranging from an examination of the history of intermarriage in New Zealand through to a collaborative project that traced the social impact of US servicemen in the South Pacific Command during World War II. Her most recent book, co-authored with Lachy Paterson, is He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s Voices from the Nineteenth Century (Auckland, 2017).


Saturday 20 October  -  5.00pm
The Cabana
Admission: $18.00

Nick Bollinger

Nick Bollinger is a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has been a music columnist for The Listener and presents the music review programme The Sampler on RNZ National. He is the author of How To Listen To Pop Music, 100 Essential New Zealand Albums and Goneville, which won the Adam Prize for Creative Writing in 2015. He lives in Wellington with his partner Kathy. Their three daughters have all grown up and left home. 

Simon Sweetman

Simon Sweetman is a freelance writer covering music and the arts. His work can be found on his website www.offthetracks.co.nz where he also hosts a weekly podcast featuring a conversation with a musician, writer, actor or person involved in the arts.

Simon wrote On Song published by Penguin in 2012; a look at thirty of New Zealand's best pop songs. He wrote a daily blog for Stuff.co.nz from 2007 until 2016. He has been published regularly in The Dominion Post, North & South, The Listener, The Spinoff, The Sunday Star Times, The Herald on Sunday, Rip It Up, Real Groove, NZ Musician, NZ Today and various other publications.

Simon is a regular commentator for RNZ - offering music features and reviews. He was also a regular music reviewer on TV's Good Morning from 2006-2012. 

Rebel Girls - rewriting the genre fiction landscape

Sunday 21 October - 10.00am
Spiegeltent, Havelock North
Admission: $18.00

Catherine Robertson 
Catherine Robertson’s five novels have all been #1 New Zealand bestsellers. Her latest, Gabriel’s Bay, came out in January and a sequel will be published in early 2019. Catherine reviews contemporary fiction for The New Zealand Listener and is a regular guest on RNZ's The Panel, and Jesse Mulligan’s Book Critic slot. She is on the board of LitCrawl, and on the Book Awards Trust. She divides her time between Wellington and Hawke’s Bay.

Tina Clough

Tina Clough grew up in Sweden and studied linguistics at the University of Stockholm before coming to Napier, newly married to a New Zealander. The Girl Who Lived Twice (2013) was her first published novel. After that came Running Towards Danger (2015) and The Chinese Proverb (2017).

Tina’s books are not mysteries or procedural crime novels; she writes about what happens to ordinary people when they become involved with crime, through no fault of their own. To imagine how someone can draw on their inner strength in the face of threats or danger, and how that changes them, is Tina’s recurring theme.

Tina spends her days looking after a one-acre field full of fruit trees and organic vegetable gardens (and a couple of roaming hens), writing crime novels and editing and translating medical research papers for a European university. A life far removed from crime and danger.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Sunday 21 October- 12.00 noon
Spiegeltent, Havelock North
Admission:  $18.00

Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel is an award-winning feature writer and television critic with the New Zealand Listener. She was joint recipient in 2016 of the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, which enabled her to write the memoir, Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father, about the impact of the Holocaust on her family. The book won the the Royal Society Te Apārangi Ockham Award 2018 for General Non-Fiction.

Helene Wong

Author, actor, director and film critic Helene Wong was born in Taihape, to parents whose families emigrated from China around the turn of the twentieth century.

She grew up as a New Zealander, pursuing a career that included theatre, film, television and the public service. In 1980, while working as social policy adviser to Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, she joined her parents on a visit to her father’s home village in southern China. The confrontation with her ancestral past sparked a three-decade quest to excavate her family’s history, examine the experience of Chinese immigrants in New Zealand, and resolve her own feelings about her identity. 

The result was a memoir, Being Chinese: a New Zealander’s Story, published in 2016.  In 2018, she was awarded an ONZM for services to the arts and the Chinese community. She continues to explore the contribution of Chinese to the story of New Zealand.

What's Happening to Our News?

Sunday 21st October - 3.00pm
Spiegeltent, Havelock North
Admission:  $18.00

Tom Belford

Tom is editor of BayBuzz magazine and a second-term regional counselor. 

Until his ‘retirement’ last November, Tom was also the principal author of The Agitator (www.theagitator.net), a prominent blog providing daily advice to over 5,000 nonprofit fundraisers and communicators, mainly in the US and Europe.

His chequered past includes serving in the Carter White House, building Ted Turner’s first philanthropic organization, and doing heaps of marketing and communications consulting for major nonprofits and corporates – from the Environmental Defense Fund and Habitat for Humanity to Discovery Communications and his favourite client, Makers Mark bourbon.

Tom graduated with honours from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds a Master’s degree in political philosophy. He, his wife Brooks and daughter Claire moved to Hawke’s Bay in 2005 from suburban Washington DC, with absolutely no regrets.

Craig Cooper
Hawke’s Bay Today editor Craig Cooper is a champion for regional journalism and believes we need journalists now more than ever. He is an advocate of social media that complements our lives - he has a strong dislike for so called fake news, and the rumour, innuendo, bullying and harm that can arise from individuals and organisations that do not follow principles and tenets of fairness and balance.

Cooper is the New Zealand Publishers Association (NPA) representative on the NZ Media Council –and is a staunch supporter of regional media being independent voices for their readers as well as social and economic advocates for their regions.

Before editing Hawke’s Bay Today – NZME’s largest regional newspaper – Cooper was with the Northern Advocate. The latter has – along with Hawke’s Bay Today - consistently been in the Top 3 performing daily newspapers in NZ for circulation and readership.

Bill Ralston

Bill Ralston has wide experience in television, print and radio broadcasting, joining TVNZ in 1979 as a journalist. In the capital he was a political correspondent for ONE News covering the last years of the Muldoon government and the turbulent times of the following Labour Government.  

After a period with the TVNZ Frontline current affairs programme he joined TV3 in 1989 as its political editor. He fronted his own political discussion programme The Ralston Group and, in the late 1990’s, became editor of Auckland’s Metro magazine and also had his own morning radio programme on Radio Pacific.

In 2003 Bill was appointed Head of News and Current Affairs at TVNZ, a position he held until 2007. He returned for a while to Radio Live and wrote columns for several newspapers and websites and fronted election programmes for Sky TV as well as writing a regular weekly column for the NZ Listener.

He is now a director with Deadline Ltd, providing media training, issues and crisis management advice and strategic media plans for both public and private sector clients.

Janet Wilson (Panel Lead)

Janet Wilson has more than thirty years experience in news and current affairs as a reporter, presenter and producer in print, radio and television. Janet presented TV3’s Nightline before moving on to present and report on such TVNZ programmes as Made In New Zealand, Assignment, and 60 Minutes.

She went on to present the consumer programme Target on TV3 before moving off-screen, making documentaries, anchoring a radio programme and producing current affairs programmes for television. In the last several years Janet has run her own media advice company, Deadline Ltd.

 Janet heads the consultancy group and other media professionals to provide support as required. Her skill-set includes writing, research, voice work, film direction and production as well as strategic planning.

Poemlines: coming home

Sunday 21st October - 7.00pm
The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College
Admission:  $29.00

Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire was the inaugural Te Mata New Zealand Poet Laureate.  He grew up in small country pubs in Otago and Southland, and was educated at the University of Otago and at University College London, where he tried – and failed – to become an Old Norse scholar. He founded the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, home to New Zealand’s leading creative writing program. Last year he was the UNESCO Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Bill’s most recent book is a collection of short fiction, The Stories of Bill Manhire (VUP, 2015). Recent poetry collections include Lifted, The Victims of Lightning, and a Selected Poems.  Bill has also been writing lyrics for the composer Norman Meehan, some of which are collected on the albums Buddhist Rain and Making Baby Float.

Rob Tuwhare (for Hone)

Rob Tuwhare is a carpenter trying to build a few words now and then.

Elizabeth Smither

Elizabeth Smither has published 18 collections of poetry, was Te Mata poet laureate (2001-3) and was awarded an HonDLitt by Auckland University and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2008. She also writes novels, journals and short stories, and is widely published in Australia, Britain and USA. She was awarded the Sarah Broom Poetry prize in 2016 and her most recent poetry collection, Night Horse, won the Ockham Poetry Award for 2018.

Michele Leggott

Michele Leggott was the New Zealand Poet Laureate 2007-09 and received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry in 2013. Her collections include Vanishing Points (2017), Heartland (2014) and Mirabile Dictu (2009), all from Auckland University Press. She coordinates the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) with Brian Flaherty at the University of Auckland, and has co-edited Alan Brunton’s selected poems, Beyond the Ohlala Mountains (Titus Books 2013) with Martin Edmond. In 2017 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 

Photo Credit: Tim Page

Cilla McQueen

Cilla McQueen was the National Library New Zealand Poet Laureate 2009-11. Her work has earned many honours and awards, including three New Zealand Book Awards, two terms of the Robert Burns Fellowship, and a Fulbright Visiting Writer’s Fellowship. In 2008 she received an Hon.Litt.D from Otago University and in 2010, the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry.

Cilla's fifteen publications include The Radio Room (2010), a finalist in the 2011 New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, and a poetic memoir, In A Slant Light (2017), both published by Otago University Press. From the same publisher, Poeta, Selected and New Poems (2018) is her most recent volume of poetry.

Ian Wedde

Ian Wedde was New Zealand Poet Laureate 2011-12 and received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement (poetry) in 2014. He has published sixteen collections of poetry and seven novels, as well as essays and art catalogues. His Selected Poems (AUP) were published in 2017. He lives in Auckland with his wife Donna Malane and an ageing badass cat.

CK Stead

C.K. Stead was born in Auckland in 1932. He began writing poetry while still at school, and publishing as a student.  His awards for poetry have included the Jessie Mackay Award, the New Zealand Book Award for poetry, the King’s Lynn Poetry prize, the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, and the Sarah Broom prize.  His Collected Poems 1951-2006 received a Montana Prize in 2009.

Other literary awards and prizes include the Katherine Mansfield Short Story award, the New Zealand Book Award for fiction (twice), and the Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank Short Story Prize.  In 2011 he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction.  He has had novels translated into 11 European languages.

His most recent publications are a novel, The Necessary Angel (Allen & Unwin, 2017), a new collection of critical essays, Shelf Life (AUP, 2016) and the story collection The Name on the Door Is Not Mine (Allen and Unwin, 2016). He was made a member of the Order of New Zealand in 2007.

Selina Tusitala Marsh

Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Pasifika poet-scholar of Samoan, Tuvaluan, Scottish and French ancestry who lives on Waiheke Island. She was the first person of Pacific descent to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland. She is now an Associate Professor and lectures at the University of Auckland, specialising in Māori and Pacific Literary Studies and Creative Writing. Her first poetry collection, Fast Talking PI, won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry at the 2010 New Zealand Book Awards. She is the author of two further poetry collections, Dark Sparring (2013) and her latest work, Tightrope, (2017).

Photo credit Llewelyn Jones/NLNZ.