A new style of literary event being launched on 3rd February will offer the opportunity to hear the voices of NZ literature in a relaxed café atmosphere.
Summer Books Alive at The Jimmy features six writers reading for six minutes from outstanding books published in 2008.
The six writers in the inaugural event are:
Kate De Goldi – The 10pm Question
Elizabeth Knox – The Love School: Personal Essays
Bridget van der Zijpp – Misconduct
Bernard Beckett – Acid Song
Jenny Bornholdt – The Rocky Shore
Duncan Sarkies – Two Little Boys
This free summer event will be hosted by Jo Randerson at 6pm on Tuesday 3rd February at The Jimmy Bar and Café at the St James Theatre.
St James Marketing Manager Lindsay O’Reilly said: “Good writing is the well-spring for good theatre so we see these writer’s sound-bites as an excellent dimension and a positive marriage between the two, and one that could become a regular fixture on the St James calendar.”
Noel Murphy from the NZ Book Council suggested that six minutes was exactly the right amount of time to get an introductory taste of a book and a writer’s style. He said the event offered the opportunity to hear the writing voice of a range of Wellington-based writers: “The talent in this line-up just goes to show the wealth of NZ literature that emerges from Wellington. A city that has a healthy writing tradition is obviously a city that has some strength in its convictions.”
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