I discovered on a visit to Rachael King’s luscious looking new website that she is speaking in Christchurch tomorrow (Tuesday November 10). This will be well worth a visit, she’s a warm and approachable speaker as well a fine writer.
An evening with Rachael King talking about her new novel, Magpie Hall, at Our City O-Tautahi, Oxford Terrace, Christchurch. Tuesday, November 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets $12 on the door or in advance from Morrin on 03 329 9789. Bubbles will be served on arrival and books will be available for purchase and signing.
She flouts the image of New Zealand writers being dour and restrained in their subject matter and tone – her first novel was about a young lepidopterist named Thomas Edgar and a collecting expedition in the Amazon, and her new book is about Rosemary Summers, an amateur taxidermist and a passionate collector of tattoos. Nothing grey, urban/suburban there.
Rachael’s blog The Sound of Butterflies, named after her first novel (a Montana New Zealand Book Awards winner of the Hubert Church best first book award for fiction in 2007). is essential reading for anyone interested in books and writing, she blogs wisely about the writing process and all sorts of NZ book related matters.