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Lydia Wevers – Mary Scott: The Rural Romantic


Sat 12 May 2018, 11:00am–12:00pm

Where: Royal Hotel, 22 Revans Street, Featherston, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: BooktownNZ

In the 1960s, New Zealand's best-known writer internationally was not Frank Sargeson nor Janet Frame but a writer of what is known in Australia as “RuRo” (rural romance).

Her name was Mary Scott. Mary Scott's phenomenally successful novels about life on a farm in the backblocks are not only funny and touching to read, they tell you a lot about what we think of as a kiwi lifestyle and kiwi values. This captivating talk will tell you about Susan and Larry in Breakfast at Six and Dinner Doesn't Matter, and the things we love about country life.

It is no accident that “Country Calendar” remains one of our most popular TV shows and that Fred Dagg can still be glimpsed on the streets of country towns.

South Wairarapa resident, Lydia Wevers ONZM, is a literary critic and historian, as well as an editor and reviewer. Her area of scholarship is New Zealand and Australian literature, and several of her books have focused on early New Zealand travel writing and writers. She has also edited a huge range of literary anthologies, including, Goodbye to Romance: Stories by Australian and New Zealand Women 1930s –1980s.

Lydia Wevers is a great supporter of New Zealand letters and her involvement with literary organizations and groups is considerable. Her book, Reading on the Farm, which utilises the Victorian library on Brancepeth Station in the Wairarapa, its staff, and its customers as a means to reflect upon the significance of books, reading, and intellectual life in colonial New Zealand, was published to great acclaim in 2010. Lydia Wevers retired last year after 17 years as Director of Victoria University's Stout Research Centre in Wellington.

Entry: Koha

This is an event involved in the Featherston Booktown Festival on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May celebrating everything to do with books, writers and reading.

The three-day programme includes writing workshops; poetry readings; talks by leading authors and illustrators; and a book fair including stalls with rare and second hand books. There are also events specifically for children while this year’s festival has a special emphasis on poetry and young adult fiction.

Take a look at our website for the full programme of events.