Clement in his car: Picturing Canterbury

Car in Christchurch

Clement Talbot photographed outside Limes Hospital where the Christchurch Town Hall now stands.
The car is still buried under a concrete drive in North Beach.

Novel ideas from novelists

Rachael KingThe Press Christchurch Writers Festival event A novel idea at Christchurch Arts Festival was a corker. Author (and Christchurch Writers Festival literary director) Rachael King talked to novelists Stephanie Johnson, Sarah Laing, and Carl Nixon.

The authors read from their latest books. It worked well; each author was quite different in style and personality. They also had a lot to say about the creative process of writing.

Here are some quotable quotes:

There are more people writing novels than buying the bloody things. (Rachael)

Writing novels is like being a piece of fly paper. (Sarah)

Novels enable you to inhabit another person’s space … your own personality becomes richer and more informed. (Carl)

It is good to be struggling to find time to write. (Stephanie)

I have the rhythm of stories in my head. (Sarah)

Writers should have a really good bullshit detector. (Stephanie)

How about a quote from a character in a novel? Here’s Merle, from Stephanie’s novel The writing class:

The beauty of the novel in full sail will never be lost even though we are choking in a plume of electrical soot.

Sarah Laing, Carl Nixon and Stephanie Johnson

Cover of The Writing Class Cover of The virgin and the whale  Cover of The fall of light

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Kathy Reichs, professor of seemingly everything

Cover of Bones of the lostHaving sat staring at a blank screen for nearly half an hour, I am giving up trying to craft a fascinating and alluring blog post on one of my favourite authors ever, and instead I am going to go all infomercial on you.  Because if you are already a fan, that’s not going to change and you will have bought your ticket, and we will see you there.

If you’ve never read the books, or watched the shows, all I can say is: it’s not too late.

  • Start here, by booking your tickets for the Christchurch event this Monday 23 September 7.30pm at the Addington Events Centre.
  • And then (if you’re a fast reader) rush out and find this book.  Or if you prefer to read while lying down with your eyes closed, go here for the audio version.
  • Get 3 dimensional with the DVD version of the books – the library now has seven seasons of Bones available.
  • And in the extra-for-experts category, have a look at all the other amazing things we have that deal with forensic anthropology, both fiction and non-fiction.

Missy T and I will be spending the weekend writing a list of witty and intelligent questions that show just how fan-girl we are, while also revealing our wide-ranging knowledge on the subjects of forensics, the FBI, serial killers, bone farms, profiling … and wondering how easy it is to switch from librarian-ing to cutting up dead people.