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Sun. 8 Oct, 2017 - Sat. 14 Oct, 2017

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Whanganui Literary Festival 2017 (-)

Panel discussion: Poetry and Place                                     
10.00 – 11.00am
Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
A well-known Whanganui proverb centres on the statement “Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au / I am the river and the river is me”. Connections to, or relationships with, landscapes of various kinds feature in the work of many writers. Fiona Farrell and Selina Tusitala Marsh join local writers Christodolous Moisa and Terry Sarten in a panel discussion of the significance of place in their work. To what extent does place define who we are as writers? What are the different relationships a writer may have with a particular place, or with the notion of place? Chaired by local poet Airini Beautrais.

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

My Father’s Island – Writing Memory                           
11.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
Award-winning journalist Adam Dudding’s first book, My Father’s Island, is a memoir about his father, the New Zealand literary editor Robin Dudding. The Dudding family of Robin, Lois and their six children lived a bohemian existence surrounded by piles of books and numerous chickens. Reviewer Nicholas Reid describes the memoir as “an extraordinarily candid, sad, funny, exhilarating and chastening story”. Steve Braunias writes “No one has ever had a family quite like the Dudding family but everyone can relate to the book’s portrayal of parents and children trying to get along in a Kiwi landscape of school, beach and vegetable garden”. My Father’s Island won Best First Book of General Non-Fiction at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Adam will talk about his work with Cass Alexander.

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

Love, Ghosts and Making It                                                        
1.30 – 2.30pm

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
Fiction writer and comic artist Sarah Laing is a previous winner of the Sunday Star-Times short story competition, the author of the collection Coming Up Roses, and two novels, Dead People’s Music and The Fall of Light. She is also known for her often humorous, often moving cartoons depicting family life, motherhood and a range of political issues. Her latest book Mansfield and Me is a daring graphic memoir charting her development as a writer alongside a very personal account of the life of one of her literary heroes, Katherine Mansfield.

Sarah will appear in conversation with Carla Donson of the Whanganui Women’s Network to discuss inspiring women, the juggling acts involved in being a creative parent, and the intersections of personal and political.

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)

High Tea and Etiquette: Elbows off the Table, Please         
2.45 – 3.45pm

Venue: Pioneer Room, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street
One of New Zealand’s favourite chefs, Jo Seagar has always looked outside the square, and with her latest book she has combined cooking with table manners. Until the Canterbury earthquakes intervened, she combined cooking with teaching when she opened her café and cooking school in rural Canterbury. She also takes culinary tours overseas and even has her own cooking school in Italy.  Jo’s ten cookery books have sold in their thousands and her television shows and magazine columns have appealed to many. The title of her latest book will remind many readers of their parents’ warnings at the dining table: “Elbows off”. But don’t worry, this is no stuffy afternoon tea. Dress in your Sunday best and be prepared for some high jinks at a high tea hosted by Jo.

Decorate and wear a High Tea hat – Gentlemen included.

Numbers limited - Bookings essential
Admission: $30

“Fifteen Years To Be An Overnight Success”                       10.00 – 11.00am


Seventy years a theatregoer; 50 years a writer; 40 years a playwright, New Zealand theatre icon Roger Hall’s first stage play, Glide Time, was produced in 1976. He has been writing a play almost every year since then, along with musicals and pantomimes. Recent plays include Who Wants to be a Hundred (Anyone Who’s 99); Four Flat Whites in Italy; A Short Cut to Happiness; and You Can Always Hand Them Back. He has been awarded a QSO, a CNZM and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Victoria University. He was the first playwright to receive the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement.

Roger will tell the little-known story of his early beginnings in New Zealand and provide plenty of laughs along the way.


Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)



Writing, Music and Memoir                                              11.30am – 12.30pm


Nick Bollinger was introduced to Beethoven, Gilbert & Sullivan and the Fireside Book of Folk Songs as a preschooler. His life changed at the age of five, when he heard the Beatles' recording of 'Twist and Shout'. Nick went on to become a bass player, a member of many bands, a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has been a music columnist for The Listener and presents The Sampler on RNZ National. He is the author of How To Listen To Pop Music, 100 Essential New Zealand Albums, and Goneville, which won the Adam Prize for Creative Writing in 2015. Goneville is both a coming-of-age story and an exploration of New Zealand music in the 1970s. Nick will appear in conversation with Rik Jones.

Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)



A Poem for the Queen                                                                   1.30 – 2.30pm


Selina Tusitala Marsh writes of her work: “The wondrous thing about a poem is that it’s an ‘ala’ – the proto-Polynesian word for ‘path’. As a ‘Tusitala’ my poems are paths between cultures and world views”. The acclaimed, ‘Fast –Talking PI’ poet and scholar performs a selection of her work and talks about how an ala led to the Sacrarium Steps at Westminister Abbey as part of a wider discussion about the politics of her poetry. She was the first person of Pacific descent to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, where she now lectures in creative writing and Māori and Pacific literary studies. Selina’s first collection of poems, Fast Talking PI, won the 2010 NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry. She was the Commonwealth Poet for 2016.


Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)



Moving Between Forms                                                                3.00 – 4.00pm


Novelist, short fiction writer, playwright and poet Fiona Farrell is well known for her versatility in moving between forms. In 2013, she was awarded the $100,000 Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer’s Fellowship to research and write twin books exploring post-quake Christchurch, one fiction and one non-fiction. The result was The Villa at the Edge of the Empire: One Hundred Ways to Read a City, a finalist in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.  Fiona has won many awards including the Prime Minister’s Award for fiction and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Literature in 2012. She will talk with Mary-Ann Ewing about her work in various forms and life after the fragmentation of the Christchurch earthquake.


Venue: Concert Chamber, War Memorial Centre, Watt Street

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $15 (Friends $12)




Cocktails and Canapes                                                                  5.30 – 7.00pm


Join our writers for a mix and mingle and enjoy conversations with other booklovers. Ticket price includes one drink plus food. Additional drinks available for purchase.


Venue: Mud Ducks Cafe, 31 Taupo Quay

Bookings: Royal Wanganui Opera House

Admission: $25

Monday, October 09, 2017

There are no events on this day.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wilma and Friends (-)

Chamber Music Wanganui
Celebrity Subscription Series

Wilma and Friends

Tuesday 10 October 7.30pm
Prince Edward Auditorium,
Wanganui Collegiate School

Wilma Smith (Violin)
Caroline Henbest (Viola)
Alexandra Partridge (Cello)
Andrew Leathwick (Cello) 

Every year Wilma Smith, celebrated kiwi violinist, puts together three different groups of musical friends she thinks might create some exciting chemistry to present programmes full of variety and appeal. A favourite with audiences Wilma is the former Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and founding member of the New Zealand String Quartet. She moved to Australia in 2003 to take up the position of Concertmaster with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Wilma and Friends will perform music by Beethoven, Dvorak and a new work by their pianist, Andrew Leathwick.
Sponsored by: The Grand Hotel 
Finish approx. 9.30pm

Adult $35    Senior $32   Student $5
CMW subscriber $20


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Andrew London Trio (-)


Wednesday 11 October 7.30pm
Royal Wanganui Opera House

Subtle and occasionally subversive satirical songs about the trivia and minutiae of daily life from the point of view of a middle-aged, middle-class, Middle Earther, delivered in a deceptively innocuous 1940s swing style with occasional forays into folk, blues, country and hip-hop.

This trio carries on in the tradition of Hot Club Sandwich, who have toured extensively throughout New Zealand since the early 1990s, enabling singer/songwriter Andrew London to gather material from the shearing sheds of Southland to the corporate boardrooms of Queen Street.

Themes cover the gamut from pretentious socialites, male insecurity and modern parenthood to driving habits, rugby culture and the depredations of ageing.

The obvious opportunity for humour in these themes is eagerly seized upon and exploited mercilessly, but occasional poignancy and pathos are never far away. Beatle-esque vocal harmonies are added by Kirsten London on bass, and ex-HCS sax/clarinetist Nils Olsen.

Finish approx. 9.30pm

Adult $28
Senior $25
Friend OH $23
Student $15

Web:  www.andrewlondon.co.nz

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Sound of Music (-)

Ben McDonald presents



The hills are alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC

One of the world's best-loved musicals, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, will tour New Zealand this September and October.

From the producer of the recent touring stage shows Grease, HMS Pinafore, Menopause the Musical and South Pacific, THE SOUND OF MUSIC will be performed in 20 cities throughout New Zealand.

This legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical features an unforgettable score that includes some of the most famous songs ever performed on the musical stage including “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “The Lonely Goatherd”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, and the title song “The Sound of Music”.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children by re-introducing them to music, culminating in the family’s escape across the mountains from Austria.

The musical originally premiered on Broadway in 1959 to record-breaking advance ticket sales, where it won eight Tony Awards - including “Best Musical”. The show opened in London in 1961 and became the longest-running American musical of its generation. The 1965 Hollywood film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won five Oscars, including “Best Picture”, and quickly became the highest-grossing film in history. Even today, THE SOUND OF MUSIC remains the most successful movie musical in history.

Since the turn of the 21st century, the enduring magic of THE SOUND OF MUSIC has lead to major productions around the world, giving testament to its title as “The World’s Most Popular Musical”.

Adult $79.90
Child to 16yrs $42.50

Saturday, October 14, 2017

There are no events on this day.


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