The organising committee of Central Hawke’s Bay’s upcoming readers and writers festival, Between the Lines, has announced the four-day, seven-event festival is all go for July 23-26.

The range of events includes a poetry reading in Tattertales store in Waipawa, a youth writing workshop led by Gareth Ward, and several themed evening events being held fireside in local Homesteads. There is also a ‘Spotlight on CHB’ event at the CHB Museum, featuring five local authors.

“The events are all quite intimate, to create a real relationship between the authors and the audience,” says committee member Anna Locker-Lampson,

“Most events have a maximum capacity of only 30-35 attendees.”

Visiting writers include Steve Braunias, Bill Ralston, Wendyl Nissen, Charity Norman, Sir Bob Kerridge, Dr Matthew Hall, Paul Little, Tayi Tibble and Marty Smith.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made securing sponsorship for the event very difficult and the committee are very grateful to Agri-lab NZ, Friends of the Library, Creative Communities and the CHB District Council for their contributions.

Donated venues and local wines (from Hawkes Ridge and CJ Pask) have also helped to keep things going in a tough lead-up.

See the line-up of events and buy tickets at Eventfinda.

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