I’ve Got To Use Words

F_R_FriendsKCDLibrary.jpgThis enticing theme is for the Friends of Kapiti Libraries’ Literary Festival 6th–8th November.

Is the richness of language being lost? How do we communicate these days? Will reading and writing survive the technological future? The Friends of Kapiti Libraries pose these questions at their Festival celebrating the written word.

Janet Secker, Chair of the Friends, says “The six guest speakers at this event are all people whose business is words, and we hope for some stimulating discussion and a strong defence of the written word.”

Professor Bill Manhire, who opens the Festival on 6th November at 7.30 in the Paraparaumu Community Centre, was NZs inaugural Poet Laureate. His poems are recognised internationally and a collection of his short fiction is about to be published. He is also well-known for his very successful Creative Writing Courses which have mentored many NZ writers. At this event, the winners of the Friends’ creative writing competition will be announced.

On Saturday 7th November at 10am in the Paraparaumu library meeting room a panel comprising Dave Armstrong, columnist for the Dominion Post, playwright, and TV writer of such successes as “Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby” and “Hope and Wire”; Greet Pauwelijn, founding publisher of Book Island, which brings unique stories from Europe to NZ and translates, designs and prints beautiful children’s books, and Professor Janet Holmes, Emeritus Professor, researcher into many aspects of language, and Associate Director of the Language in the Workplace project, will discuss their work.

On the afternoon of Saturday 7th November in the Paraparaumu Community Centre at 2.30pm, Adrienne Jansen will introduce her latest published novel “A Line of Sight” and reflect on the process of novel writing.

On Sunday morning 8th November in the Paraparaumu Community Centre, Rob Clark, owner of Coastlands Paper Plus, will consider bookshops past, present and future and recommend good Christmas reads.

Finally, to round off the weekend, on Sunday afternoon in the library meeting room, we ask you to join us for a couple of fun hours of word games — prizes, bubbles and afternoon tea!

Janet says “Because we believe in nourishing the body as well as the mind, refreshments of various sorts will be provided at all of the events and we hope to give participants a very enjoyable week-end”

Brochures are available at all Kapiti Libraries or for more information – Janet Secker, mikjan@clear.net.nz