Nicky Pellegrino: WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival kicks off on 27 August. We’ve asked three quick questions of festival guests:

Nicky-Pellegrino-newNicky Pellegrino – journalist and novelist

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

I’m really excited about both the events I’m involved in. I’ve been a huge fan of food writer Ruth Reichl for years, have read all her memoirs and enjoyed her debut novel so to be appearing at a morning tea with her is a huge thrill. And Diane Setterfield‘s book The Thirteenth Tale is one of my all-time favourites so I’m looking forward to chairing a session with her. My only concern is that I may be a little starstruck by them both!

What do you think about libraries?

If I’m honest I’d like people to buy their very own copy of my books – make that several copies! After all it’s how I make a living. But for many that’s not possible. Certainly when I was a kid my parents couldn’t afford many books and our weekly trip to the local library to stock up on new reading was an essential part of life. So I think libraries are wondrous places filed with possibilities and surprises and adventures and learning and stories, lots and lots of stories.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

When I was at primary school my parents were told my reading skills were way below average … fortunately I caught up!

Cover of The Food of love cookery school Cover of When in Rome The-Villa-Girls

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