For the love of the Library
- Date: Thursday, 7 November, 2019
1pm to 2pm
Free event. Booking is not required.
He Matapihi Molesworth Library, Te Ahumairangi ground floor, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
We love libraries
The loss of Central Library revealed just how much we love and need our libraries. Three librarians - Laurinda Thomas, Bee Trudgeon, Jackson Nieuwland - discuss, with author Elizabeth Knox, what they value most about their work, their workplace and how they see the libraries of the future for Aotearoa. VERB Wellington | Words that move.
Verb showcases Aotearoa and international literary talent and looks to all of the ways that writers are changing the way we think, see and feel. In 2014 Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking started LitCrawl Wellington. It took place over one Saturday night and featured 15 literary events in as many venues over 3.5 hours.
Wellington writers, publishers, bookshops, bars, galleries, Cuba St, and Wellingtonians were at the heart of LitCrawl and the combination made for one thrill of an evening. It was completely packed, overflowing! And a great time was had by all. Verb Wellington emerged out of the growth of events that now surround our Saturday night LitCrawl. Verb Wellington is still directed by Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking (Pirate & Queen) and the famous LitCrawl is still happening every November.
About the speakers
Bee Trudgeon - Porirua Children's Librarian Kaitiaki Pukapuka Tamariki is a writer, rocker, stroller, strummer, mama, storyteller, dancer in the dark, children's librarian, and perpetual student. Her journalism has been published in RipItUp and The Sapling, and her poetry in Kiss Me Hardy 2. She calls a haunted house in Cannons Creek home. You can read more of her work on her Patreon page where she posts a poem a week year-round, and a poem a day in April - or catch her in the story chair at Porirua Libraries' Central Branch.
Elizabeth Knox is the author of thirteen novels, three novellas, and a collection of essays. ‘The Vintner’s Luck’, won the Deutz Medal for Fiction in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and the Tasmania Pacific Region Prize, and is published in thirteen languages. ‘Dreamhunter‘, won the 2006 Esther Glen Medal. ‘Dreamhunter’s’ sequel ‘Dreamquake’, 2007, was a Michael L Printz Honor book for 2008 and, in the same year, was named an ALA, a CCBC, Booklist, and New York Library best book.
A collection of essays, ‘The Love Schoolwon’ the biography and memoir section of the New Zealand Post book awards in 2009. ‘Mortal Fire’ won a NZ Post Children’s book award and was a finalist in the LA Times Book Awards. Elizabeth’s last book is horror/science fiction, ‘Wake’.
Elizabeth is an Arts Foundation Laureate and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002. She lives in Wellington with her husband, Fergus Barrowman, and her son, Jack.
Jackson Nieuwland is a genderqueer writer, editor, and librarian born and based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. They are a co-founder of the reading/zine series Food Court. This isn't even their final form.
Laurinda Thomas is the Libraries and Community Spaces Manager at Wellington City Council. Over the last 20 years she has worked across the Information, Libraries and IT sectors, and is a former President of the Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA).