Zac Harding: 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:

Zac Harding – librarian

Cover of Dreams of gods and monstersWhat (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

The great selection of sessions featuring authors for children and young adults.  I’m especially looking forward to the session I’m introducing Creating Worlds featuring Laini Taylor, Elizabeth Knox, Karen Healey, Tania Roxborogh and Meg Wolitzer.

What do you think about libraries?

Being a librarian myself I absolutely love libraries!  I’m surrounded by books all day and I get to talk to people who love books.  My favourite part of working in libraries is introducing children of all ages to wonderful books and sharing my love of reading with them.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

Share a surprising fact about yourself – I own five different onesies. The kids at Story Time at Shirley Library love them and they’re great for keeping warm on cold winter nights.

Year 4 of St Alban's Primary School with librarian Zac

Tracy Farr: 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:

Tracy Farr – writer

Cover of Paradoxical UndressingWhat (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

 Some wonderful musicians – Kristin Hersh and Dave Graney, who I’ve loved for years; and Aldous Harding, who I’ve just discovered – are on the programme. I’m interested in music in fiction, and I love a good music memoir or band bio (my novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt could be described as a fictional musical memoir).

I’m also looking forward to discovering new books and writers. I always try to go to a few wildcard sessions, where I’ve never read anything by the writer, perhaps barely heard of them. I love the element of serendipity that festivals offer.

What do you think about libraries?

I love them. They’re my happy place. I had a student job years ago, working in the main library at University of Western Australia. I was one of a small team that would go in for a few hours before the library opened. We’d be allocated a stretch of shelves each morning, and we’d check that the books were all ordered correctly, pull out any strays, and align the books a neat knuckleslength back from the front of the shelf; a sort of book-based meditation, repetitive and with not too much thinking involved. Other than the early start, my idea of heaven.

Cover of The Life and loves of Lena GauntShare a surprising fact about yourself.

 A New Zealand seaweed species is being named after me. It combines my name with a mermaid deity.