Tea party with writers

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By ROBYN BRISTOW

Three very special performers will take centre stage at the Writers Tea Party in Amberley in next month.

The annual literary event organised by the Friends of the Hurunui District Libraries, will be held on October 1 at the library.

Holly Ford, who has a huge following as a best-selling romance writer, Christchurch born Tusiata Avia, a performance poet and John Newton, a poet, literary historian and alt-country musician and songwriter, will feature reading from their work, talking about their writing life and entertaining the audience with an account of what has influenced them in their careers and what is their favourite reading.

Holly grew up in the Hokonui hills in Southland but now lives on Banks Peninsula. The three novels in her Blackpeaks series and her latest hit, The Last McAdam, all feature gutsy women and the men who are worth their trouble, in the setting she loves so much – the rugged South Island high country.

Tusiata has a national and an international reputation as a breath-taking performance poet. Her one-woman show, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt toured world-wide between 2002 and 2008. Her latest book, Fale Aitu / Spirit House moves from the Christchurch earthquakes to Samoa, Gaza and New York. Her young daughter, Sepela, will join her in the performance.

John grew up on a sheep farm at Port Underwood, Marlborough. Country life continues to be a major influence in his writing.

At the moment he is very happy to be Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury.

All are welcome to join in the event – $2 per person, a family $5. Afternoon tea will be provided.