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Literary icons and new talent to grace Hamilton Book Month

Hamilton Book Month

August will be a Hamilton book lover’s dream.

Back for its seventh year, the city will celebrate New Zealand authors and their writing throughout the month – otherwise known as Hamilton Book Month.

Hamilton Book Month’s Co-Director Catherine Wallace said the line-up is full of “literary icons and exciting new talent”.

To find out the dates and details of the 21 events and workshops, you can visit here.

Here’s a glimpse of just some of the exciting events and workshops available:

Fiction panel
Tuesday 3 August, 6.30-8pm, Concert Chamber at Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts 

The month kicks off with a fiction panel, chaired by Maebh Long. The panel will feature New Zealand’s best-selling fiction author Deborah Challinor, multiple award-winner Catherine Chidgey, and 2021 Waikato University Writer in Residence Michalia Arathimos. The esteemed group of authors will read from their work, talk about themes in their writing and take questions from the audience.

Join a Writing Workshop 

There are five workshops available during the month with spaces left in these four: scriptwriting with Alex Lodge, writing children’s fiction with Melinda Szymanik, speculative fiction with Gary Nelson, and poetry writing with Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod. Each three-hour workshop is led by an experienced presenter who is a genre specialist. Head along to learn valuable tips and try some hands-on writing tasks. The workshops cost $25 each and requires registration through the events pages at:

Blokes’ Book Club and What are Readers Reading?
6.30 – 8pm Monday 9 August and 11 August, Central Library 

Hamilton’s Central Library in Garden Place is hosting a ‘What Are Readers Reading?’ on 9 August. The Central Library will also host their Blokes’ Book Club, a space to discuss and share books, on 11 August. Come along and talk about what you’ve enjoyed reading and get some suggestions to add to your reading list.

Wild Imagining
10-11.30am Saturday 14 August, Central Library

Karen McMillan and Melinda Szymanik write picture books, short stories, non-fiction, action adventure and novels for children and young adults. Come and hear these authors read their work and talk about their writing across a range of genres at this free event.

Storytelling in the Gallery
10.30am-12pm, Saturday 28 August, Waikato Museum 

Younger readers and those who like being read to will enjoy Storytelling in the Gallery at Waikato Museum. Gather your little ones, then sit back, relax, and enjoy a morning of storytelling and crafting.

Local Authors
2-4pm, Saturday 28 August, Events Room 1, Wintec

Meet some Waikato talent at the Local Authors event. Writers will read from their work and talk about their books and how they got published. Each author gets five minutes to speak and then you’ll have an opportunity to talk to them and buy their work. Come and support our local authors!

Witi Ihimaera Talk
6.30-8pm, Monday 23 August, The Atrium, Wintec’s city campus

Writing powerhouse Witi Ihimaera will be joining us to share some writing wisdom in this free talk. The award-winning and bestselling author’s best-known novel is The Whale Rider, which was made into a hugely internationally successful film. His novel Nights in the Garden of Spain was also made into a feature film and was distributed internationally under the name of Kawa. The feature film White Lies was based on his novella Medicine Woman and his novel Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies inspired the 2016 feature film Mahana. His first book, Pounamu, Pounamu, has not been out of print in the 40 years since publication. He is in conversation with Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod about his writing life and memoirs with his books Navigating the Stars, Maori Boy, Native Son and Sleeps Standing.

To read about more of the workshops and events available, click here.

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