Author with the most taonga possibilities – Patrick Evans. Impossible to top the Evans family placemats shared with the audience during his recent lecture at the Christchurch Art Gallery on post-colonial literary theory and his book The Long Forgetting, but he can try.
Author whose book I have had read aloud to me the most – Emily Maguire. As far as a 19-year-old of my acquaintance is concerned this woman invented feminism. We’ll see about that when she’s on the panel with Marilyn Waring.
Author rarely seen but much admired – Rosemary McLeod. Also the author who doesn’t write enough books. Particularly looking forward to the immaculate bob and the jewellery.
Author seen before and also much admired – Alexa Johnston. A stand-out at Auckland Readers and Writers 2009.
But it’s not all beer and skittles at writers festivals, literary liggers have worries too and my biggest is what to wear to Ladies, a Plateand the New Zealand Fashion Design event at Christchurch Art Gallery. A library T-shirt probably.