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Sidelined - Harcourts Hawkes Bay Arts Festival


Sat 15 Oct 2016, 11:00am–12:00pm

Where: The Famous Spiegeltent, Havelock North Domain, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: racheljty

Back in the day, books aimed at a female audience were tagged ‘cozy’, ‘a beach read’, a ‘cardy read’.

Even today, books are likely to be marketed to female audiences as ‘romance’ or ‘chick-lit’ and to male audiences as a ‘thriller’. Are we diminishing great writing by forcing it into gender distinctions? Lizzie Russell leads international best-selling authors Nalini Singh and Charity Norman in a discussion of historically annoying distinctions, along with their work and life experiences.

Nalini Singh is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, she was first published in 2003. Her books have sold over six million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than twenty languages, including German, French, Japanese, and Turkish.

Charity Norman was born in Uganda, the seventh child of missionary parents, and brought up in draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years’ travel, she became a barrister in the Northeast of England, specialising in crime and family law. Also a mediator, she’s passionate about the power of communication to untie knots, and recently worked as a volunteer telephone listener with Lifeline.

She practised law for fifteen years but in 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she decided on a change of career and moved with her family to New Zealand. Novels include: Freeing Grace; Second Chances (After the Fall in UK), selected for Britain’s Richard & Judy Book Club; The Son-in-Law; and The Secret Life of Luke Livingstone, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club choice. Charity's books have been translated into several languages. Her fifth is due out in February next year.

Lizzie Russell works as BayBuzz magazine’s assistant editor and runs Tennyson Gallery in Napier. She also co-ordinates Pecha Kucha Hawke’s Bay and the biennial Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition. Lizzie holds an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.

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