What (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?
I think the whole programme is really exciting for its breadth and diversity, but as both a Fantasy and YA author and reader myself I’m particularly thrilled to be compereing the Supernaturally event with Elizabeth Knox and Laini Taylor. But I read widely, and so am also very keen to get along and hear NoViolet Bulawayo talking about her Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel We Need New Names.
What do you think about libraries?
I love libraries – as I think my 2008 short story Red Earth perhaps hints. 😉 But even if I didn’t, in an age when we angst about knowledge economies and knowledge futures, libraries are vital to our society catching those waves, both in terms of nurturing literacy and facilitating access, not just to information, but accurate information.
Share a surprising fact about yourself.
Ah, there’s the rub, Facts are easy, but surprising facts… I don’t tend to think of myself as a surprising person at all, but more as ‘just an ordinary girl.’ But fortunately the man in my life galloped to the rescue with a number of (apparently!) surprising facts, of which this was my favourite: that I once spoke Swedish, and still can to the extent that after several episodes of The Bridge, my lingual ear readjusted to a significant portion of the dialogue, albeit with an almost audible–and somewhat ‘grinding’–click!
Helen Lowe appears at WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival in:
Supernaturally on Sunday, 31 August 1pm with Laini Taylor and Elizabeth Knox as they talk fantasy, world-building and writing for young adults.
Whoever said three is a crowd has not used our eBook resources! As of the 1st of August we have welcomed the arrival of Askews, a new British based eBook platform that intends to enthrall us all with its British based content that we have not be able to get elsewhere. To clarify our triple take on eBooks, we have:
OverDrive: Our first and largest eBook and eAudiobook collection which has a very American twang to its content;
Wheelers: As Kiwi as Billy T and just as entertaining with its New Zealand focused content;
Askews: Britannia’s eBook collection with assorted British titles, authors and publishers. Best enjoyed with a cup of tea and cucumber sandwiches while watching the polo.
Like all eBook platforms the idea is to find, download and enjoy. What is slightly different is that you cannot check in Askews eBooks early and you get to choose how many days you want to have the eBook out – as long as it is no longer than 21 days.
Have a gander at what Askews has to offer and see if you can expand your mind with the musings Gordon Ramsay or scare the stuffings out of yourself with Ruth Rendell.
15 August 1981
Massive demonstrations in Christchurch against rugby test between All Blacks and Springboks. See ourcollection of posters.
16 August 1868
Tsunami (“tidal wave”) in Lyttelton Harbour. Part of the harbour bottom was laid bare, then a wave swept in, damaging the “Novelty”.
ReadBank Peninsula Impact 1868Willem de Lange and Eileen McSaveney. ‘Tsunamis – New Zealand’s tsunami history’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Jul-13
16 August 1890
First inter-provincial soccer match held in Christchurch. Canterbury beat Wellington 2-0.