Thomasin Sleigh: 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:

Thomasin Sleigh – writer

Cover of We need new namesWhat (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

I’m really looking forward to hearing NoViolet Bulawayo talk about her book We Need New Names, not only because it is a fantastic book, but also because my family is from Zimbabwe (and many are still there), so I’m very interested to hear her perspective on the political situation there and how she approached translating this into literature.

What do you think about libraries?

Well, I work at the National Library of New Zealand and am the daughter of a librarian, so you could say I’m pretty pro-library! Free and easy public access to information through libraries is essential for an informed, empowered, critical, and active citizenry.

Cover of Ad LibShare a surprising fact about yourself.

I have a strange distaste for melted or too-soft ice cream, especially when it is made into a kind of ice creamy soup/gloop in a bowl. Goody goody gumdrops is the worst. Arg! Take from this what you will.

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