Rosie Belton: 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:

Rosie Belton

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

I am really looking forward to meeting and hearing Ruth Reichl. I will be booking the event she shares with Nicky Pellegrino as I very much want to meet and hear Nicky again also. I have enjoyed Nicky’s writing very much. I will try  to attend the dinner event at Otahuna if I can possibly manage it!

What do you think about libraries?

Libraries are very special and important places for communities to have access to. I love visiting our closest Library with the grandchildren. Especially when the children and  grandchildren were very young, it was an important place for me to go where I could help them find and enjoy books and have a pleasant and warm space for me to sit while the children explored the book possibilities. I am a bit worried now about the amount of technology available in libraries and the noise it can create. I am also anxious about having less human assistance. You cannot beat a real live librarian!

Cover of Wild blackberriesShare a surprising fact about yourself.

I met my husband of 44 years when I was at intermediate school in Nelson. We met at violin class when we were both 12 years old.