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Marlborough Book Festival

Roll up, roll up, the Marlborough Book festival is coming to town.

The organisers of the annual Marlborough Book Festival have served up a feast of authors to inspire, entertain and delight us again this year. The dates for 2019 are July 5 - 7.

Writers Owen Marshall, Pip Adam, Laurence Fearnley, Kate de Goldi, Anne Kennedy, Kate Duignan, and Chessie Henry (among others), are set to enthral whilst cook Eleanor Ozich, blogger Emily Writes, artist Graham Sydney and musician Shayne Carter ensure there's something to whet everybody's appetite.

If it's local fare you're after Museum director Steve Austin and Art Historian, Jane Vial will be a must-see and the Marlborough Sounds tour is this year in the presence of local historian and author Ron Crosby and historian Vincent O'Malley.

If you haven't enjoyed a session at this special literary feast-ival, you should treat yourself this year. Enjoy sessions set amongst the vines at iconic Marlborough wineries Spy Valley, Cloudy Bay and Hunters Wines. Sessions in town are at the ASB theatre and The Plant.

See the Marlborough Book Festival website for more information or to book tickets.

Go to Marlborough Book Festival Website

We will be featuring the authors on Marlborough District Libraries website throughout June.

Eleanor Ozich

Author of three beautiful cooking/lifestyle books, Petite Kitchen, My Family Table and The Art of Simple, Eleanor Ozich decided to change her lifestyle and diet when her eldest daughter was allergic to many 'processed foods'.

Her lifestyle change took her out of the big city to a house in the country where she forced herself to slow down to the pace of life, eat healthily and seasonally and assess her essential basic needs. The product has been a regular column in the New Zealand Herald's Viva Lifestyle magazine, the opening of a beautiful eatery and the publication of three bestselling cooking/lifestyle titles.

Eleanor Ozich will be in the Dog Point Vineyard Kitchen, cooking with Charlotte Patterson on Saturday 6 July from 11 - 1 pm and also with Charlotte Patterson at Cloudy Bay on Sunday 7 July from 2 - 3 pm.

See if titles by Eleanor Ozich are available on our catalogue or place a hold

Vincent O'Malley

Dr Vincent O'Malley was the first person to graduate with a PhD in New Zealand Studies from Victoria University. He has worked as a professional historian for over two decades, has written research reports for various iwi, hapu and crown agencies and has been called upon to be an expert witness for the Waitangi Tribunal.

Dr O'Malley's most recent book New Zealand Wars/Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa provides a highly accessible introduction to the causes, events and consequences of the New Zealand Wars.

He and fellow historian Ron Crosby are hosting the boat tour of the Marlborough Sounds on Friday 5 July and also speaking with Ron Crosby at the ASB theatre on Saturday 6 July 10 - 11 am.

See titles by Vincent O'Malley on our catalogue

Laurence Fearnley

Laurence Fearnley is a writer and 'alpine explorer', based in Dunedin. She has written numerous novels and short stories and has co-edited an anthology of New Zealand writing about our alpine landscape called To the Mountains. Her writing betrays her passion for the South Island of New Zealand, its people and landscape.

Laurence Fearnley will be in conversation with Nikki MacDonald at Spy Valley Wines on Saturday 6 July, 12 - 1 pm and then at Hunters Wines on Sunday 7 July, 12 - 1 pm again with Nikki Macdonald talking about her non fiction work.

See titles by Laurence Fearnley on our catalogue

Grahame Sydney

Grahame Sydney is regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest landscape painters. He is also an accomplished photographer, writer and is passionate about the landscape of the South of the South.

His sometime collaborator Owen Marshall will be joining him in conversation with Nikki Macdonald at the ASB theatre on Sunday 7 July 10 - 11 am and again on Sunday 7 July, from 2 - 3 pm, at Hunter's Wines where he speaks with Journalist Mike White.

See titles by and about Grahame Sydney on our catalogue


Whiti Hereaka

Whiti Hereaka, of Tūwharetoa and Te Arawa descent, is an author, playwright and screenwriter based in Wellington. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Asia/Pacific region) in 2011 for her first novel The Graphologists Apprentice. Aside from being an important emerging voice of New Zealand theatre and literature, Whiti is also a solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and barrister, and works for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

Whiti Hereaka is in conversation with author, editor and critic Kate de Goldi at the ASB theatre on Saturday 6 July from 12 - 1 pm.

See titles by and about Whiti Hereaka on our catalogue