By GUY WILLIAMS
The Queenstown Writers Festival will bring some of New Zealand’s top authors to town
later this month and next.
On October 31, best-selling Christchurch crime writer Paul Cleave will discuss his inspiration, research and the writing process, while his publisher, Upstart Press co-founder Kevin Chapman, will follow on with a session about the publishing process and tips for aspiring writers.
Then there are two days of on-stage interviews and workshops planned at Sherwood on November 13 and 14.
Award-winning Waikato novelist and writing teacher Catherine Chidgey will run a three-hour short story workshop the first day, and Wellington lawyer, novelist and columnist
Brannanvan Gnanalingam and emerging New Plymouth novelist Jacqueline Bublitz will talk about their craft and recent work during three sessions the following day.
Festival boss and resort lawyer Tanya Surrey said she’s delighted to have such high-calibre writers coming to these parts.
Surrey says while the next full festival’s next year, she’s proud of the line-up of speakers and workshops pulled together for this year’s events.
‘‘It has been a difficult time for the arts sector across the country, but the outlook for New Zealand writers and readers remains bright.’’
Tickets cost $20, from eventfinda.co.nz