Wairarapa Word this month feat. Madeleine Slavick


20 Years of Making Books and Still Happy – an hour with the author, Madeleine Slavick – Sunday, 2 March, 3pm, Almo’s Books, 42 High St, Carterton

Wairarapa Word presents “20 Years of Making Books and Still Happy” with author, editor, publisher, and photographer Madeleine Slavick, who will perform some of her writing, and discuss a selection of her 30+ plus book projects. There will also be an open mic session. Entry is free, with a donation of a gold coin appreciated.

Madeleine Slavick has helped create a range of books – non-fiction, children’s, socio-political, poetry, design, and cookbooks. Titles include China – The Dragon Awakes, 1995, a bestseller in Hong Kong; Round – Poems and Photographs of Asia, 1998, winner of the Bumbershoot Book Award, Seattle; My Favourite Thing, 2005, a bestseller in Beijing; Grandma Grandpa Cook (ed.), 2010, winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award; and Fifty Stories Fifty Images, 2012.

She has performed at rallies, concerts, on television, radio, in a cinema, at the beach, and on the street. She published one of the finest poets from China and collaborated with one of the finest photographers from Japan. Her blog has visitors from more than 107 countries.

Slavick lived in USA for 25 years, in Hong Kong for another 25, and first came to New Zealand in 2009. She has published words and images in various NZ publications: A Fine LineBroadsheetPNZThe GuideWairarapa MidweekWairarapa News, and soon in Takahe

She has exhibited her photography on several continents, and in NZ at The Village Art Shop, and at Aratoi Museum through the 2012 Greytown Arts Festival.  In 2012, she and Simon Fleck founded what would develop into Wairarapa Word.

BACKGROUND: Wairarapa Word presents a featured writer each month, as well as an open session, when members of the public can present short pieces of writing of any genre aloud. In 2013, Wairarapa Word featured singer-songwriters such as Hinemoana Baker, storytellers such as Gaye Sutton, bestselling authors such as Jared Gulian, poets such as Simon Fleck, John Ansell and Eileen van Trigt, non-fiction writers such as Christine Hunt Daniell, and Di Batchelor, who discussed her ‘Rachel’ cartoon. Wairarapa Word also performed at ‘The Twelve Nights of Christmas’ at Masterton Town Square, hosted events for National Poetry Day 2013, and held an event at Aratoi as part of the inaugural Kokomai Creative Festival.  

Time: First Sunday at every month at 3pm Venue: Almo’s Books, 42 High Street, Carterton, 379 7103 Hosts: Madeleine Slavick and Simon Fleck Supported by: Creative Communities Scheme, Carterton District


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