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Big Book Bash


Sat 2 Dec 2017, 11:00am–6:00pm

Where: Carterton Library, Holloway Street, Carterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: mmslavick

Big Book Bash Festival.

- With 30 writers & illustrators from the Wairarapa & Wellington.
- Performances, Zine-making, Storytelling, Writing, Book-signing, Arts and crafts.
- Activities for children, teens, and adults.
- All events are free, though Koha is appreciated.
- Sammies & yummies by the team at JK Food Truck.

Three venues:
All are wheelchair accessible, all on Holloway St, Carterton
- Carterton District Library (one of the first public libraries in NZ)
- Carterton Events Centre (a nationally recognized venue)
- Carterton Community Courthouse (recently and beautifully restored)

To register ahead:
Please contact Carterton District Library - tel 06 379 4080 (Mon-Sat) or sign up online:

Programme of activities from 11am - 6pm.
10:45-10:55 - Opening powhiri with Carterton Mayor John Booth.
11am-6pm - All Day Book Hub - meet publishers & authors, books for sale & signing, scavenger hunt
11:00-4:30 - Visit the Traveling Zine Museum and make your own zine with Murtle Chickpea
11:00-11:25 - Ngati Kahungunu stories with Rawiri (Ra) Smith
11:00-11:55 - Paper Bag Dogs with Fifi Colston and Anne Manchester
11:00-12:00 - Come and play music with Jonas Koukl and an array of instruments!
11:00-12:30 -Sci-Fi/Fantasy - you say which way the story goes - writing workshop with Eileen Mueller
11:30-11:55 - The World Needs Sam and Lucy, reading with Alan Bagnell
12:00-12:30 - Lighthouses and Fierce Seals - with Ali Foster, Anne Manchester, Mary McCallum
12:15-12:55 - Words, Pictures & Monsters - reading & drawing with Paul Beavis, author of Mrs Mo's Monster
12:15-1:00 - Our Dog Benji - reading with Pete Carter and drawing with JM Henderson
12:30-1:00 - Open Mic - share unpublished stories for children, 3min max
1:00-1:55 - At Last a Children's Book Written By a Child, with Ben Spies, age 11
1:00-1:55 - Nature Kids - reading and gecko-making with Gillian Candler
1:15-2:00 - Making Ginomee Hats with Ali Foster, author of Elwyn's Dream, The Eels of ANZAC Bridge and The Rejects
1:30-2:30 - Poems of Protest and The Environment - reading & writing with Tim Jones & Harvey Molloy
2:00-2:30 - Rainbow Stories of Diversity with drag queens LaQuisha St Redfern and Ginge'n'Tonic
2:00-2:55 - Going to Antarctica with Philippa Werry
2:00-3:00 - I Can Draw an Animal - reading & illustration workshop with Rhondda Greig
2:15-3:00 - Linda Tilyard, the artist of 100 Days 100 Drawings & The Mother's Child talks about her craft
2:45-3:15 - Zed, 15, reads Small Town Unease, which won the North & South Young Writers' Short Story Award
3:00-5:00 - The Whats, Whos & Hows of Writing -- a workshop with Mandy Hager, author of Singing Home the Whale
3:15-4:00 - Writing From the Wairarapa - readings by Michelle O'Connell, Christine Parker, Kylie Parry, and Madeleine Slavick
3:30-4:25 - Editors of Annual 2, Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris, share stories and home-baked Melting Moments
4:30-4:55 - Making Fun of Words with John Ansell, author of I Think the Clouds are Cotton Wool
5:00-5:45 - Big Book Bash Story Finale with Marama Fox

For updates, visit the Big Book Bash page on Facebook:
or call into Almo's Books, headquarters of Wai Word, 42 High St North, Carterton, 06 379 7103.

Presented by: Wairarapa Word, in association with Wairarapa Library Service, Wellington City Libraries, Almo's Books and Makaro Press, with support from Creative New Zealand/Carterton Creative Communities, Rotary Club of Carterton, Carterton Events Centre and Carterton Courthouse.