Session two for me at Going West Books & Writers Festival was so named to mark a forthcoming book from librarian, poet, book reviewer and author Iain Sharp. More about the book later.
Here we had three highly experienced librarians who between them are responsible for some of New Zealand’s greatest literary treasures and what entertainment they provided us in describing some of these treasures.
Then we listened to the rather droll Philip Rainer who is research manager at the Alexander Turnbull Library who outlined working life in the nation’s greatest treasure trove of books mentioning among other things the significant storage problems facing the Turnbull which continues to acquire books at a significant rate. He also gave us a potted history of the life of Alexander Turnbull, a bibliomaniac he called him, and of the very significant Katherine Mansfield held at the library.
These three speakers, so different in their presentations, had two things in common, the joy they have in their work and the passion they have for the treasures in their custody. I went away feeling inspired and uplifted.,
And that lead nicely into lunch eaten outside in the sun on a glorious Spring day in Titirangi.
This was followed by Bookman Beattie’s “Conversation with Owen Marshall” which I greatly enjoyed and seemed well received the audience which would have been in excess of 200.
Pic shows Bookman Beattie with Owen Marshall after their "conversation".