Sessions to book

Tina Marereti
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Tina Makereti - Our Place, Our Stories Cruise

Fri 6 Jul 20188:45 AM - 12:30 PM

MV Odyssea launch, Picton Marina – Town Wharf 5 (next to Coathanger Bridge), Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand

Come and cruise the beautiful Marlborough Sounds aboard Marlborough Tour Company's MV Odyssea, enjoy brunch and be enthralled by Tina's storytelling, which is part history, part genealogy, part fiction.

Boathouse Theatre
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Opening Night - Off the Page...

Fri 6 Jul 20187:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Come along to the intimate Boathouse Theatre for the festival launch session, and hear five of our guest authors take their work off the page and onto the stage.

Harry Broad
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Harry Broad - Awatere, Portrait of a Marlborough Valley

Sat 7 Jul 201810:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Harry Broad's latest book, 'Awatere, Portrait of a Marlborough Valley', introduces the great legends of the Awatere Valley, including 'Shirty of the Muller' and John Peter.

Nicola Galloway
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Nicola Galloway - Food for the Soul

Sat 7 Jul 201810:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Spy Valley Wines, SPY VALLEY WINES, 37 Lake Timara Road West, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7276, New Zealand

Nicola is passionate about sharing her joy of food, so come along and be inspired.

Roast vegetable frittata

I Spy Lunch

Sat 7 Jul 201810:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Spy Valley Wines, SPY VALLEY WINES, 37 Lake Timara Road West, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7276, New Zealand

If you're planning to attend sessions at Spy Valley Wines on Saturday 7 July, pre order a lunch pack from BV Gourmet, which will be delivered to the venue.

Jenny Pattrick
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Jenny Pattrick - Weaving Fiction with Historical Fact

Sat 7 Jul 201812:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Jenny reflects on the art of historical fiction while sharing her personal story in conversation with Tessa, who has long admired her work.

Tom Scott
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Tom Scott - Drawn Out - SOLD OUT

Sat 7 Jul 201812:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Spy Valley Wines, SPY VALLEY WINES, 37 Lake Timara Road West, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7276, New Zealand

Hear about the life and adventures of award-winning Kiwi cartoonist, political reporter and filmmaker Tom Scott.

Vincent O'Sullivan
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Vincent O'Sullivan - The Living Room Session - SOLD OUT

Sat 7 Jul 20182:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Bell Tower - Dog Point Vineyard, 71 Brookby Road, Omaka Valley, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7272, New Zealand

Join Vincent O'Sullivan, one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers for a special event at this year's festival.

Tina Makereti

Tina Makereti - Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings

Sat 7 Jul 20183:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

When Tina Makereti came to investigate her Moriori heritage it led to her first novel, 'Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings'.

Glenn Colquhoun
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Glenn Colquhoun - First Love

Sat 7 Jul 20183:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spy Valley Wines, SPY VALLEY WINES, 37 Lake Timara Road West, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7276, New Zealand

Poetry is Glenn's first love - "the sort of love that poetry demands of those who write it".

Diana Wichtel & Tom Scott
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Diana Wichtel & Tom Scott - Writing About Family

Sat 7 Jul 20185:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Diana and Tom have both recently published works that delve into their family history.

BV Pop Up Kitchen - Vegetable Soup

BV's Pop Up Kitchen

Sat 7 Jul 20186:30 PM - 7:30 PM

BV Gourmet, BV GOURMET, 2A Park Terrace, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Join us at BV Gourmet’s Pop Up Kitchen between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday July 7, before, after or between Boathouse Theatre sessions.

Selina Tusitala Marsh and Glenn Colquhoun
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Selina Tusitala Marsh and Glenn Colquhoun: A Common Love of Poetry

Sat 7 Jul 20188:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Two charismatic award-winning poets share the stage to discuss their shared love of poetry.

Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi - The Secret History of Children’s Literature

Sun 8 Jul 201810:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cloudy Bay winery, CLOUDY BAY WINERY, 230 Jacksons Rd, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Hear Kate talk with former children’s librarian Jane Forrest-Waghorn about some of their favourite books, and why we are limiting ourselves, and our children, by not digging a little deeper.

Tom Scott
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Tom Scott - Political Parodies - SOLD OUT

Sun 8 Jul 201810:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Tom Scott's withering cartoons of New Zealand lawmakers have been entertaining Kiwis for years.

Tusiata Avia

Tusiata Avia - Coming Home

Sun 8 Jul 201810:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cloudy Bay winery, CLOUDY BAY WINERY, 230 Jacksons Rd, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7240, New Zealand

SESSION CANCELLED - REPLACED BY KATE DE GOLDI

Jenny Pattrick

Jenny Pattrick - Leap of Faith

Sun 8 Jul 201810:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hunter's Wines, HUNTER'S WINES, 603 Rapaura Rd, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7273, New Zealand

Jenny talks about her latest novel - her research, characters, and the joy she takes in a making a sentence 'sing'.

Vincent O'Sullivan

Vincent O'Sullivan - All This By Chance

Sun 8 Jul 201812:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

The first novel from Vincent O'Sullivan in 20 years, and only the third of his career, All This By Chance is a New Zealand story set around the world.

Glenn Colquhoun
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Glenn Colquhoun - The Magic Edge of Medicine - SOLD OUT

Sun 8 Jul 201812:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cloudy Bay winery, CLOUDY BAY WINERY, 230 Jacksons Rd, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7240, New Zealand

Glenn talks about his latest book, 'Late Love', and how poetry has magically influenced the way he practises medicine.

Alan Carter

Alan Carter - Marlborough Man

Sun 8 Jul 201812:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hunter's Wines, HUNTER'S WINES, 603 Rapaura Rd, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7273, New Zealand

There's been a murder in the Wakamarina and Alan Carter has the inside scoop.

Diana Wichtel
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Diana Wichtel - Driving to Treblinka

Sun 8 Jul 20182:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Diana's family memoir has been described as a "beautiful profoundly moving search for her father also for memory, in a story that clings to humour and love".

Selina Tusitala Marsh
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Selina Tusitala Marsh - Tokotoko Tales

Sun 8 Jul 20182:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cloudy Bay winery, CLOUDY BAY WINERY, 230 Jacksons Rd, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7240, New Zealand

Tusitala means storyteller. It was Selina's Tuvaluan grandfather's name, and the name Samoans bestowed on Robert Louis Stevenson.

Atholl Anderson
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Atholl Anderson - Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History

Sun 8 Jul 20184:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Boathouse Theatre, THE BOATHOUSE THEATRE, 12 Horton Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, 7201, New Zealand

Atholl is one of the three authors behind 'Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History', described as "a majestic charting of Māori history from beginnings to present days".

Selina Tusitala Marsh
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Selina Tusitala Marsh - A Matariki Special, Tokotoko Tales

Mon 9 Jul 20187:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Picton Library, PICTON LIBRARY, Dublin Street, Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand

The stars have aligned for the festival to hold an encore session with the Poet Laureate at the new Picton Library in association with Matariki Festival (Waitohi/Picton).