Christchurch Romance Writers

Essie Summers is one of a number of successful New Zealand romance writers. The Guru has suggested some more with a Christchurch connection. These include:

Alison Roberts is the pseudonym of a Christchurch writer who is still going strong with Mills and Boon. The Press has an interview with her called  “A career built on love”.

Nora Sanderson, 1905-1975. Nora was writing for Mills and Boon in the 1960s and 70s and possibly lived at Templeton. She was born Nora Brocas and the library has her book about growing up in New Zealand. Her novels can be interloaned from the National Library.

Mavis Winder, 1907-1987. Our libraries still have plenty of her works. She wrote some titles under the name Mavis Areta and published in the USA as Mavis Areta Wynder to ensure correct pronunciation. Her maiden name was Wright. Her books had some wonderful titles – ‘The fanned flame’, ‘Love keeps no score’, ‘Folly is joy’…

Does anyone know anything else about these writers or any other successful romance writers based in or around Christchurch?

Calling All Poets

Are you a poet? Festival of Flowers, in association with Heritage Christchurch, is holding a poetry competition combining the the Festival theme ‘The Tree of Life’ in the year the Festival turns 21. Poems can be up to 30 lines, with choice of style wide open: sentimental, quirky, hilarious, philosophical. Email up to two poems by 24 February to:

The Judges will be James Norcliffe and Ruth Todd, who both officiated at the 2005 event. Finalists will read their works out at a Soirée (at Heritage Christchurch) on 2 March prior to the supreme winner being announced. A selection of poems will later appear on the Festival of Flowers website.

How to be leader of the pack

Search the catalogue for the book  Inside of a dogUp until recently our house was dominated by two small hairy dogs. According to the trainer who came to help us, we needed to gain control and become ‘leaders of the pack’. Suggestions ranged from eating out of their bowls first to establish top dog status, (you will be relieved to know that this did not require becoming partial to dog roll), to holding them by the collar when making a point to assert our dominance.

Dog Trainers of course come at a cost, and if you want to save money but still get good advice, then the library has many books that can help tame and train the small and hairy, to the large and boisterous.