Saturday, April 30, 2016
Tickets to the June 3-6 Escape! festival in Tauranga are on sale
Highlights include former New Zealander of the Year Dame Anne Salmond, an historian and anthropologist (June 5); Dr Siouxsie Wiles, head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland and an award-winning science communicator (June 3 and June 5); Steve Braunias discussing his latest book, Scene of the Crime, with Paul Mabey, QC, veteran defence lawyer; award-winning writer Greg McGee discussing his latest novel, The Antipodeans; and a panel discussion on the state of New Zealand society featuring business commentator Rod Oram, Tauranga Moana iwi leader Awanui Black, former Cabinet minister Margaret Wilson and Generation Z co-creator Charlie McDermott.
The festival also offers a children’s art workshop with award-winning author and illustrator Donovan Bixley (June 4), a cooking demonstration by Peter Gordon (June 4), and a travel writing workshop with Steve Braunias (June 6).
Tickets to three events – an Italian-theme morning tea with novelist Nicky Pellegrino (June 6), the one-man show No Holds Bard with Michael Hurst (June 3 and 4), and UK-based Kiwi chef Peter Gordon in conversation with food writer Jesse Mulligan (June 4) – were released ahead of the programme launch last night (April 27).