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A local politician, a music reviewer and an author walk into a bar…

31 Jan 2012

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Sound like the beginning of a good story?

Come along to True Stories Told Live on Monday 13 February and hear some fantastic stories, told by local politician Ray Ahipene-Mercer, renowned music store owner and reviewer Colin Morris, and authors Barbara Else, Fleur Beale, Catherine Robertson, Harry Ricketts and Pip Adam.

True Stories Told Live events brim with live, unrehearsed tales, told by people with a flair for storytelling. Stories make us laugh, cry and crinkle our foreheads – there is no better way to energise a quiet Monday evening.
The event, with the theme of family holidays, will raise funds for the Book Council’s Writers in Schools programme, which has been bringing books, authors and children together since 1973.

Education Manager Sarah Forster says ‘Family holidays bring out the best and the worst in people. Prepare to be enthralled and dismayed at the antics of these brilliant creative people.’

The Book Council’s True Stories Told Live has seen personal events and hilarious recounts, prose poems and a photo essay. People from all walks of life come to distil an anecdote into a story. The length is too short to be boring and yet long enough for plot, pace, adventure and humour to captivate the listener.

'At True Stories Told Live, the story must have a beginning, middle and an end, and it must be true, but that’s all’, says the Book Council’s Susanna Andrew.
Tickets are $15 for members of the Book Council, or $20 for non-members.
Go to www.bookcouncil.org.nz to book your tickets.
True Stories Told Live – A Family Games Night
Where: Meow Café, 9 Edward St, Wellington
When: 6.15pm, Monday 13 February

More information about our storytellers:
Pip Adam is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the IIML. Her first book, Everything we hoped for, won the 2011 Best First Book award in the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Paula Green says, ‘Adam knows how to brew a story to its essence and to infuse an emotional undercurrent that is deeply affecting’.

Ray Ahipene-Mercer (Ngai Tara, Ngati Ira, Ngati Kuhungunu, Ngai Tahu) has been serving as city councillor in Wellington since 2000, only the second Māori councillor to be elected to the Wellington City Council. He is also a guitar-maker, musician, and well-known environmentalist.

Fleur Beale is an award-winning children and young adult writer of more than thirty books. She most recently won the 2011 New Zealand Post Children’s Young Adult Book award for Fierce September.
Barbara Else is a playwright and fiction writer, and has also worked as a literary agent, editor and fiction consultant. Else was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature in 2005. Else’s most recent book is junior fiction book The Travelling Restaurant, which was selected as the IBBY New Zealand Honour Book for Writing.

Colin Morris is an ex-pat Brit who has been in the NZ music industry since 1967. He currently runs a mail-order music business, Colin Morris Records, and works part-time at Unity Bookshop. He is very accident-prone, and loves music, books, films, and his wife of 40 years.

Harry Ricketts is a poet, academic, editor and reviewer. He is HOD English at Victoria University, and Editor of New Zealand Books. His most recent publications are 99 Ways Into New Zealand Poetry with Paula Green (Vintage New Zealand); and Strange Meetings:The Poets of the Great War (Chatto and Windus).

Catherine Robertson’s debut chick-lit novel, The Sweet Second Life of Darrell Kincaid, topped the New Zealand Bestsellers list. Kerry Woodham reviewed Darrell Kincaid on TVNZ’s Good Morning as ‘better than Marian Keyes’.