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The Marlborough Book Festival is an annual readers and writers festival held in July in Marlborough, New Zealand. Listen to our podcasts to hear discussions with our featured writers, as they explain the challenges and the highlights of creating their various works and their lives as writers.

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The Marlborough Book Festival is an annual readers and writers festival held in July in Marlborough, New Zealand. Listen to our podcasts to hear discussions with our featured writers, as they explain the challenges and the highlights of creating their various works and their lives as writers.

    2018 Opening Night: Off The Page

    2018 Opening Night: Off The Page

    In a Marlborough Book Festival first, some of our guest authors took their stories off the page and brought them to us live on stage, in a fun filled, exciting and moving evening of Kiwi oratory talent.  

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Tina Makereti: Where The Rēkohu Bone Sings

    Tina Makereti: Where The Rēkohu Bone Sings

    Tina Makereti writes novels, essays and short stories. When Tina came to investigate her Moriori heritage it led to her first novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings. 
    In this session with journalist Nikki Macdonald, Tina discusses her novel that confronts the complexity of being Moriori, Māori and Pākehā and finding a place of belonging. 

    • 56 min
    Vincent O'Sullivan: All This By Chance

    Vincent O'Sullivan: All This By Chance

    One of New Zealand's finest writers, Vincent O'Sullivan came to the 2018 Marlborough Book Festival in the wake of releasing his first  novel in 20 years, All This By Chance. 
    In this session, Vincent chats with journalist Mike White about his novel - a moving, multi-generational saga, of a family spread across Italy, Greece, Africa and New Zealand.

    • 1 hr
    Diana Wichtel: Driving to Treblinka

    Diana Wichtel: Driving to Treblinka

    Diana Wichtel is an award-winning journalist, well known for her media commentary for the New Zealand Listener.
    Diana's family memoir Driving to Treblinka has been described as a "beautiful, profoundly moving search for her father and also for memory, in a story that clings to humour and love". 
    In this session from the 2018 Marlborough Book Festival, interviewer Tessa Nicholson adeptly draws out the humour and love in Diana's deeply moving personal stories. 

    • 1 hr
    Jenny Pattrick: weaving fiction with historical fact

    Jenny Pattrick: weaving fiction with historical fact

    Jenny Pattrick is one of New Zealand's best selling novelists.  In this conversation with Tessa Nicholson at the 2018 Marlborough Book Festival, Jenny reflects on the art of historical fiction while sharing her personal story.  The pair discuss why Jenny chooses to write historical fiction, how she picks her subject and the importance of developing a unique voice for each novel.

    • 58 min
    Selina Tusitala Marsh and Glenn Colquhoun: a love of poetry

    Selina Tusitala Marsh and Glenn Colquhoun: a love of poetry

    New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and doctor, award-winning poet and captivating orator Glenn Colquhoun shared the stage at the 2018 Marlborough Book Festival to discuss their shared love of poetry.

    • 1 hr 9 min

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