Thursday, October 27, 2011
Tauranga Arts Festival Underway
The literary programme of the Tauranga Arts Festival opened today (Thursday) with two enjoyable sessions – Jenny Pattrick (left) and Elizabeth Smither in discussion about their craft with Dr Kirstine Moffatt of Waikato University; and Fiona Samuel, director of the tele-movie “Bliss”, and Jenny Pattrick, the 40th Mansfield Fellow, talking about Katherine Mansfield – while researching for her movie Fiona was delighted to discover that she prefers the same perfume as KM, a scent based on gorse flowers.
Fiona returns at noon on Friday to join Tim Balme in a talk about writing and acting, while Lloyd Jones,(right), fresh from cheering on the All Blacks, takes to the stage at 2pm to talk to Elizabeth Smither about his work.
Australian eco-activist Paul Gilding is on Saturday (noon) discussing his book “The Great Disruption” and at 2pm that day are Chris Laidlaw and Lloyd Jones to talk about rugby and its cultural and social context in New Zealand.
Anyone planning to attend the Sunday sessions – Dame Alison Holst (noon) and a discussion about leadership with Dame Catherine Tizard, Rod Oram and Paul Gilding (2pm) – is urged to pre-purchase a ticket as these are selling fast and numbers are limited. Advance copies of Dame Alison’s memoir will be available for sale (and signing) at the venue.