The Bookrapt Seminar went very well last Saturday, August 6th in our library.
About 60 people attended to hear some inspiring, informative accounts of what it is like to be an author, an editor or a publisher.
Our local author, Susan Brocker, gave us such an insight as to what inspires her to keep writing - her passion for animals, history and bringing these subjects alive in stories for New Zealand children. It was clear from her talk that keeping a diary of ideas has been helpful in writing her stories over the years. Another book is in the pipeline based on the West Coast region of the South Island. We look forward to it being released.
Kate Stone - a publisher from Harper Collins - gave us an interesting account of the publishing world. She made the comment that fiction books from New Zealand are well received at overseas book fairs because of their well-crafted stories.
Barbara Else was the third speaker of the day. Barbara spoke of her experience as an agent and editor based in Wellington, and her achievements as an author of both adult and children's books.
Many thanks go to the ladies of Bookrapt for bringing such wonderful speakers to our library every year.
Thanks must also go to the ladies who provide the morning tea and lunch - always delicious.
It is also always appreciated that Chris from Books a Plenty book store has her stall of new books for us to purchase on the day.
See you there next year.
From Vicki Wikohika and Fiona Blake