The Marlborough Book Festival
2018 Opening Night: Off The Page

2018 Opening Night: Off The Page

December 5, 2018

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.  

Tina Makereti: Where The Rēkohu Bone Sings

Tina Makereti: Where The Rēkohu Bone Sings

December 5, 2018

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. 

Vincent O’Sullivan: All This By Chance

Vincent O’Sullivan: All This By Chance

December 5, 2018

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.

Diana Wichtel: Driving to Treblinka

Diana Wichtel: Driving to Treblinka

December 5, 2018

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. 

Jenny Pattrick: weaving fiction with historical fact

Jenny Pattrick: weaving fiction with historical fact

December 5, 2018

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.

Selina Tusitala Marsh and Glenn Colquhoun: a love of poetry

Selina Tusitala Marsh and Glenn Colquhoun: a love of poetry

December 5, 2018

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.

Tom Scott and Diana Wichtel: writing about family

Tom Scott and Diana Wichtel: writing about family

December 5, 2018

Tom Scott and Diana Wichtel, who both published books about their families in 2017, chat to journalist Nikki Macdonald about the possible perils of writing family memoirs, the insistence of memories, and the importance of family in determining who we become.

Atholl Anderson: Tangata Whenua

Atholl Anderson: Tangata Whenua

December 5, 2018

An eminent archaeologist and historian of Ngai Tahu descent, Atholl Anderson was one of three authors behind the multi award-winning Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. 

Atholl joined us at the 2018 Marlborough Book Festival with Marlborough based historian, Ron Crosby to delve into what's known and what's yet to learn about our country's fascinating past.

MoreFM radio interview

MoreFM radio interview

November 22, 2017

In 2017, The Marlborough Readers and Writers Charitable Trust won the supreme Marlborough Trustpower Community Award.  Trustee and founding Marlborough Book Festival committee member Sonia O'Regan spoke to Tash from MoreFM after our big win was announced.

Poet Brian Turner: an incredible life

Poet Brian Turner: an incredible life

November 21, 2017

Brian Turner is a New Zealand poet, essayist, biographer and editor, as well as an ardent and accomplished sportsman, conservationist and champion of our wild places.

In this conversation with Mike White, Brian, a previous New Zealand Poet Laureate, talks about growing up in one of New Zealand's most famous sporting families and representing New Zealand; ocean sailing, climbing, cycling, fishing and golf caddying; his love of the environment and his battles to preserve it; and how it's all played a part in a half century of extraordinary writing.