Talk Notes: NZF Writers and Readers – Sunday 11 March

Today’s drawing was made possible by Dylan Horrocks because I actually forgot my pencil case! I took it out to check the pens last night and then didn’t put it back in. Nightmare becomes reality.

I wanted to draw Kim Hill so badly but then there were so many good words to keep up with that the drawing became rather secondary.

What a great weekend.

Talk notes: NZF Writers and Readers – Friday 9th March 2018

NZF Writers – Friday

Outside the Sarah Glidden and Mimi Pond talk I met two men who were worrying about getting in.

“Do we need a ticket?” Said one.

“I have a ticket.” Said the other. “I think you need a ticket.”

“But we’re the husbands.” Said the first, mock-plaintively. We then had a discussion about whether their accent would gain them entry. I don’t think there really was any doubt he would get in but it was adorable.

Francis Spufford had his glasses off for most of the session but put them back on for question time. I told David afterward that I had wished Spufford had kept his glasses on for drawing purposes. Apparently I have different problems from other festival goers.

Cory Doctorow and Charlie Jane Anders “speak in whole paragraphs”, to steal a phrase from Fergus (he was actually talking about Francis Spufford). There was no way for me to keep up. I could have listened to them debate the equity of science and magic, forever.

Tusiata Avia is amazing – dignified, intelligent – she speaks poetry. She spoke about the humiliation of being accused of shoplifting and the breach in the va (relational space) that still exists between her and Unity Books because of it. Sarah Murdoch is my new hero.I spelled many names wrong in this Salient piece, initially. But, as Toby Manhire said, “never wrong for long”.

Talk notes: NZF Writers and Readers – Women Changing the World

Above: Anahera Gildea, Maraea Rakuraku, Michelle A’Court, Charlotte Wood, Charlie Jane Anders, Renee, Annabel Langbein, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Patricia Lockwood, Kim Hill and Harry Giles. Below: Jenny Bornholt, Louise Wallace, Tayi Tibble and Marianne Elliot.

Do you know how hard it is to draw people with microphones in front of their faces or lecterns, in the case of Michelle A-Court?

I made the mistake of trying to fit everyone onto the first page, which is why the second page is so empty. A special sorry to Selina Tusitala Marsh’s beautiful face. I chose the wrong angle to draw her from and did my best to recover. I’d like to think it’s dramatic rather than insulting. After all, the theme of the night was don’t police the way we present ourselves. I want a ‘grumpy face’ like Kim Hill’s.

Thanks to Booksellers NZ, for the ticket.