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Page & Blackmore are proud to sponsor a number of events throughout the year, from book launches and signings to readings and workshops. We also sponsor the Page & Blackmore Pukapuka Talks each year as part of the Nelson Arts Festival. This year’s events are listed below.


Jan Hellriegal
Friday August 30, 4pm at Page & Blackmore

In support of the release of her new multi media project “Sportsman of the Year – A Suburban Philosophy”, for the first time in a very long time Jan Hellriegel is embarking on a New Zealand tour – of sorts. She will be visiting her favourite bookstores and venues sharing songs, stories, Q & A’s & suburban philosophy. Special guest at this event and accompanist: Ben Fulton. And yes, she will sing a song or three.



Pukapuka Talks at Nelson Arts Festival
Labour Weekend 25th-28th October

This year our Readers & Writers at Nelson Arts Festival has been rebranded to Page & Blackmore Pukapuka Talks and we’re super excited about it. Some of the guests this year: Witi Ihimaera talks to Guyon Espiner, novelist Eliabeth Knox talks about her upcoming book The Absolute Book, Steve Braunias from The Friday Poem speaks with three New Zealand poets, Nelson-based novelist Christine Leunens on her book Caging Skies – soon to be a Hollywood movie, and loads more. For those budding (and established) writers, to kick the festival off there is a workshop chaired by Guyon Espiner and featuring Lily Woodhouse (the nom-de-plume of acclaimed NZ author Stephanie Johnson), Pic Picot (self-publishing his upcoming memoir) and Ray Caird (Blood of the Flax).
For the full list of events, head to our Facebook events page.



Mal Dixon’s Moon Diary – Book Launch
Thursday August 22, 5.30pm at Page & Blackmore

Come and meet local author Emma Hamley and hear about her debut novel Mal Dixon’s Moon Diary.
After 50 years, MI5 are returning Mal Dixon’s English homework assignment: to keep a diary of the Apollo II mission to the moon.
A madcap romp from London to Auckland and everywhere in between. Includes the KGB, CIA, MI5 and breaking into Paul McCartney’s London home.


Thursday August 1. 5.30pm at Page & Blackmore
Author event with Maxine Alterio

Maxine Alterio is a New Zealand novelist, short story writer and academic mentor.  Her first novel, Ribbons of Grace, shortlisted for the 2008 Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award, topped the national bestsellers list for several months. Maxine won the Seresin Landfall/Otago University Press Residency in 2013. Maxine will be speaking with us about her books Lives We Leave Behind, Ribbons of Grace, and her new suspense novel, The Gulf Between, set in Queenstown and the Gulf of Naples.

Thursday 20th June. 5:30 at Page & Blackmore

Getting Off The X by Jo Patti

Join American author, educator, explorer and New Zealand citizen, Jo Patti, as she returns to Aotearoa for a special book tour event. Author of two books, Kismet, a volume of poetry, and Getting Off The X, a collection of non-fiction stories about risk-taking and getting out of danger — including her own personal story of tragedy — Jo has deep connections with Aotearoa.

Now based in Texas, Jo’s book, Getting Off The X was published last year, and features people all over the globe “getting off the x” — the common thread that ties all the chapters together. Join Jo for a reading and to hear more about her stories. She will also be selling copies of Getting Off The X and Kismet.

Thursday 30th May. 17:30 at Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson

The Fell by Robert Jenkins

Local author Robert Jenkins launches his debut novel, The Fell.
An unnamed boy is living what he feels to be an idyllic life in the faded and peeling Lido where his father is a lifeguard. He idolises his father — never more so than when he saves the life of a suicidal man — and he comes to believe that heroism is all… The boy is an unreliable narrator, seeing the world and his place in it through a unique lens. He meets ghosts, hears voices and battles his fears but never questions his own version of reality.

Friday 24th May 2019. 14:30 at Beachcomber Hotel, 23 Beach Road, Nelson

The Billion Dollar Bonfire by Chris Lee

How Allan Hubbard and the Government Destroyed South Canterbury Finance. The inside story from one who witnessed it all.
Author Chris Lee knew Allan Hubbard personally and had his investment clients invest with SCF. Chris’ overriding concern, and reason for writing this book, is to caution this could all happen again.

Thursday 28th, February 2019. 19:00 at Electorate Offices of Hon Nick Smith, 544 Waimea Road, Annesbrook, Nelson

Author Talk: With the End in Mind by Dr Kathryn Mannix

Dr Kathryn Mannix explores death and makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation, but with openness, clarity and understanding.

Thursday, 21 February 2019. 17:30 at Page & Blackmore

Book Launch: Crosstrees with Brin Murray

First there was Children of the Furnace, Young Adult dystopian fiction in the vein of The Hunger Games. Dark, powerful and heartbreaking.
Now we are pleased to launch book two in the series, Crosstrees.
Book readings, book signings and meet the author…
Drinks provided.

Monday, 11th February. 17:30 at Page & Blackmore

Author Event: Inangahua Gold by Kathleen Gallagher

“This beautifully wrought novel set in the wilds of New Zealand’s southern West Coast during the gold rush days, demonstrates the manner in which all kinds of people were thrown together in a race for riches and survival. It abounds with adventure and romance, but it is the tender evocation of the natural world and the delicate interweaving of races exploring each other’s cultural identities that gives this story its vivid edge.” — Fiona Kidman

Tuesday, 5 February. 17:30 at Page & Blackmore

Book Launch: The Audrey Story with John Ewan

Audrey Carson grew up in the Nelson area — Maruia and Korere — and went to school at Tapawera. She became a teacher for a while and then her life took a dramatic change. She became a journalist, and married and became Audrey Ewan. She also spent a time as one of New Zealand’s first female Parliamentary Press Officers before becoming a journalist with the Evening Post newspaper. Her fascinating story is told in The Audrey Story.
RSVP for catering purposes


JANUARY 17 — from 18:30-19:30 at the Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson

The Power of Personal impact with Ken Rea

Learn the charisma secrets of of actors with Ken Rea, Professor of Theatre at London’s renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Ken’s book The Outstanding Actor:Seven Keys to Success will be available for sale.

NOVEMBER 1 — 5:30PM at Page & Blackmore

Ciderology book launch with Gabe Cook.

Gabe Cook is a ciderologist living in the UK. Why did Gabe choose to launch his book, Ciderology, at Page and Blackmore in Nelson? Gabe has a wonderful local connection. He worked in the Moutere where he expanded his knowledge of fermented beverages by working for craft cider pioneers, Peckham’s, and also at the award winning Waimea Estates winery. Gabe will discuss his knowledge of cider, with tastings.

NOVEMBER 3 — 11:00AM at Page & Blackmore

Kuwi’s Rowdy Crowd book launch with Kat Merewether.

Author Kat Merewether introduces her new picture book, Kuwi’s Rowdy Crowd. Enjoy a reading from the book and watch as Kat draws illustrations.
Special gift with book purchase.
Suitable for all ages.

NOVEMBER 6 — 5:30PM at Page & Blackmore

Whaler by Providence book launch by Don Wilson.

Whaler By Providence; Patrick Norton in the Marlborough Sounds, tells of whaling life in the Marlborough Sounds from the 1830s. Includes Marlborough Sounds history as well as family history of the Guard, Norton, Love, Keenan and Heberley families.
Drinks and nibbles provided.

NOVEMBER 10 — 11:00AM at Page & Blackmore

Author event with Corey Mosen and Ajax the Kea Dog.

Corey Mosen is a wildlife biologist working for the Department of Conservation and specialising in helping to save the endangered kea. Corey and his Kea detection dog, Ajax, find and monitor Kea nests, to help with their survival. Corey will talk of his work with Ajax, and his book, Ajax the Kea Dog.


That F Word

It’s 125 years since suffrage, but how far have we come? Lizzie Marvelly issues a wake-up call and a battle-cry for all Kiwi women.

In her first book, That F Word: Growing Up Feminist in Aotearoa, award-winning columnist, singer and blogger Marvelly tells the story of New Zealand’s feminist roots, then traverses the modern landscape, tearing apart areas of gender imbalance and pervading attitudes to Kiwi women.

Chaired by Jessie Bray Sharpin.

Maurice Gee

We are thrilled to welcome literary treasure Maurice Gee, who will be discussing his new book, Memory Pieces, in what will be his only NZ public event.

Memory Pieces is an intimate and evocative memoir in three parts.

‘Double Unit’ tells the story of Maurice Gee’s parents – Lyndahl Chapple Gee, a talented writer who for reasons that become clear never went on with a writing career, and Len Gee, a boxer, builder, and man’s man.

‘Blind Road’ is Gee’s story up to the age of eighteen, when his apprenticeship as a writer began.

‘Running on the Stairs’ tells the story of Margaretha Garden, beginning in 1940, the year of her birth, when she travelled with her mother Greta from Nazi-sympathising Sweden to New Zealand, through to her meeting Maurice Gee when they were working together in the Alexander Turnbull Library in 1967.

Maurice Gee is New Zealand’s leading living writer. He was born in 1931, grew up in Henderson, and now lives in Nelson. His landmark novel Plumb (1978) was recently voted by writers and critics the best prize-winning New Zealand book of the last 50 years.


Thinking Brunch 1: Balancing Act

What does it take to support parents in the workplace, and how can we make the career ladder more baby-friendly?

With Michele A’Court keeping order, we hear from Holly Walker (The Whole Intimate Mess: Motherhood, Politics, and Women’s Writing), Lizzie Marvelly (That F Word: Growing Up Feminist in Aotearoa) and stay-at-home dad Rajorshi Chakraborti (The Man Who Would Not See).

This is a session for the whole ‘village’: those who are currently juggling a career with being a parent, those who are contemplating it, and those who want to support family and friends better.

Driving to Treblinka

Join 2018 Ockham Award winner Diana Wichtel in conversation with Elizabeth Knox about her long search to find out what happened to her father.

Canadian-born Wichtel’s search for her father, who had miraculously survived the Holocaust, became an obsession as she painstakingly uncovered information about his past. Her story is a deep reflection on the meaning of family, the trauma of loss, and the insistence of memory.

Is it better to know, or more bearable not to?

The Man Who Would Not See

Rajorshi Chakraborti has mined his own life to write a gripping novel about the disjunction of the immigrant experience.

Born in Calcutta, half-brothers Ashim and Abhay are separated as children. When they are reunited in Wellington 30 years later, Abhay is forced to question his memories of the past.

Kerry Sunderland joins Chakraborti on stage to explore how relationships can become distorted by guilt and remorse, and how we choose what we are willing to see.


Thinking Brunch 2: Parenting in the Digital Age

From negotiating screen time to protecting kids from cyber bullies and predators, the digital terrain has created a completely new set of challenges for parents.

Matt Lawrey (The Little Things) leads the journey through the quagmire with fellow travellers John Parsons (Keeping Your Children Safe Online), Steve Henry (education innovator at Otago Polytechnic), Anne Harvey (Sons to Men: A Mother’s Guide) and Emily Writes (Is it Bedtime Yet? Parenting … the Hilarious, the Hair-raising, the Heart-breaking).

How We Met

One of NZ’s favourite stand-up comedians, Michèle A’Court returns to Nelson with her new book, How We Met: the ways great love begins…

How can the stories couples tell about how they met – the romantic, absurd, serendipitous, convoluted, scandalous, breath-taking moments of connection – help weave their lives together?

Couch Stories co-host Ro Cambridge joins A’Court to explore how storytelling supports intimacy.

Helen Brown’s Bono

Based on the author’s popular Huffington Post blog, Bono is a funny, tender and insightful story about life, love and recovery.

Having survived a brush with cancer, Brown took stock of her comfortable suburban life and found it wanting. So when she was invited to visit New York, the city that never sleeps, she accepted.

Dog lover Jacquetta Bell joins Brown on stage to find out how her third memoir is a tale that will move even non-cat lovers.


Dragon Books

James Russell has entranced several generations with the books he has self-published under the Dragon Brothers Books moniker.

Russell will discuss his latest junior novel, The Dragon Defenders – Book Three: An Unfamiliar Place. An innovator and augmented reality enthusiast, he uses AR technology to bring three-dimensional magic to all of his books.

Jo Dippie joins him on stage to explore how his dragons are fostering a love of reading among young children and tweens.

Recommended for 8-12 year olds.

Cook’s Cook

Gavin Bishop follows the 1768 journey of Captain James Cook’s H.M.S. Endeavour with the ship’s cook, the one-handed John Thompson, as storyteller.

Cook’s Cook features real recipes, events on board and the places the ship travelled on its journey to the Pacific. Discover more about this beautiful book – which is for five to nine year olds but will appeal to all ages – in time for the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour’s journey.

Chaired by fellow children’s book author Tania Norfolk.

Recommended for 5-9 year olds.

Family Narratives

Pip Desmond and Emma Gilkison explore how love compelled them to write about the intimate details of their family lives, revealing stories of universal interest.

Pip Desmond (Song for Rosaleen) has written honestly about caring for her mother, who had dementia. In The Heart of Jesus Valentino, Emma Gilkison recounts the toughest decision of her life.

Kerry Sunderland joins them to explore how memoir captures moments that swing from joy to sadness, and back again.


Thinking Brunch 3: Rethinking Death and Dying

Pip Desmond and Emma Gilkison explore how love compelled them to write about the intimate details of their family lives, revealing stories of universal interest.

Pip Desmond (Song for Rosaleen) has written honestly about caring for her mother, who had dementia. In The Heart of Jesus Valentino, Emma Gilkison recounts the toughest decision of her life.

Beyond the Plate

Cookbooks are no longer merely compilations of recipes. Amber Rose and Fiona Summerfield explore food writing and how food is part of our culture.

After several years living in the UK, where she was private chef to Sadie Frost and Jude Law, Rose has returned to her roots with her third cookbook, Wild Delicious. Summerfield lives in Lower Moutere and is a contributing author to Kai and culture: Food stories from Aotearoa.

Chaired by Nicola Galloway.

The Robots Are Coming

For as long as science fiction has existed, we have been fascinated with the question – will robots be our friends or foes?

Helen Heath (Are Friends Electric?) with Dr Jo Cribb and David Glover (Don’t Worry About the Robots: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work) discuss the impact of robots on our lives.

Naomi Arnold, who has written about how robots are being used in medicine and aged care for New Zealand Geographic, chairs.

Mind Matters

Almost half of all New Zealanders will experience some form of mental illness during their lives. How can we prevent illness and help those who are unwell?

Editor Naomi Arnold and contributor Danyl Mclauchlan (Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety) will be joined by Green Party MP and mental health advocate Chlöe Swarbrick, to explore what enables recovery, how families can support their loved ones and what changes are needed in our society and culture to enhance wellbeing.

Chaired by Liz Price.


Fight For the Forest

Paul Bensemann has recorded a largely untold but significant and inspiring history; one that reminds us that change for good is always possible.

Based on interviews with key players, Fight for the Forest documents the public campaigns to save our native forests. Beginning in the 1960s with the battle to save Lake Manapouri, Bensemann also covers the campaigns that lead to the creation of several National Parks and established South Westland as a World Heritage Area.

Chaired by Debs Martin.

Beyond the Plate

Cookbooks are no longer merely compilations of recipes. Amber Rose and Fiona Summerfield explore food writing and how food is part of our culture.

After several years living in the UK, where she was private chef to Sadie Frost and Jude Law, Rose has returned to her roots with her third cookbook, Wild Delicious. Summerfield lives in Lower Moutere and is a contributing author to Kai and culture: Food stories from Aotearoa.

Chaired by Nicola Galloway.


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