Lauraine Jacobs and Rachel Morton: WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival is a mere few weeks away – it kicks off on 27 August. We’ve asked three quick questions of festival guests, here’s what they have to say.

Cover of Everlasting FeastLauraine Jacobs

What (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

I am thrilled to see that The Stars Are  Out tonight is being held in the Transitional Cathedral and cannot wait to attend this event and see the new building. Such a line-up of stars and lovely John Campbell anchoring the evening promises to be a highlight of my year. And of course, I am truly excited to be hosting Ruth Reichl on stage as she is for me, the leading light in the food writing world.

What do you think about libraries?

I have fond memories of catching the bus by myself aged 9 years to the Grafton Library in Auckland as my mother was busy with my baby sister and I was constantly needing to change my books. Any voracious reader like me loves libraries as there is a world of opportunity on every shelf.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

I think most people would be surprised to learn I play a respectable game of golf and also swim in the ocean from Labour weekend to Queens Birthday every year. I don’t think about food absolutely all the time!

Lauraine Jacobs food and wine writer extraordinaire appears in The Best Possible Taste: Saturday 30 August, 12.30pm
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 Rachel Morton

What (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

Aunty and the Star People: Documenting Lives.

What do you think about libraries?

I was in the local library almost everyday as a kid and it was a complete sanctuary.  They are massively important to your early appreciation for literature and learning.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

I won an award at Primary School for writing a poem about going to my Grandfather’s funeral.  It still is one of the things I am most proud of.

Rachel Morton RDU 98.5 FM Station Manager and music champion appears in Lyrical Writing: Sunday 31 August, 11.30am

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