Tickets going fast for authors' book sessions

Last updated 11:27 11/07/2014

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One of the sessions at the upcoming Marlborough Book Festival has nearly sold out.

Six authors will speak at eight sessions at the Blenheim Club and The Treehouse at Cloudy Bay over the weekend of July 26 and 27.

There were only four tickets left yesterday to the session with Fiona Kidman at The Treehouse on Sunday, July 27, festival trustee Sonia O'Regan said.

However, Kidman will speak at two sessions over the weekend and there are still tickets available to the one being held at the Blenheim Club on Saturday, July 26, she said.

Kidman wrote the novel The Captive Wife, which tells about the life of Betty Guard in the early whaling days in the Marlborough Sounds. Her most recent book is The Infinite Air, about the life of early aviator Jean Batten.

Tickets to Marlborough romance writer Barbara DeLeo's session on the Saturday evening were also going fast, O'Regan said. She had heard of groups going with plans to follow up with a meal or drinks afterwards.

"We love that people are making a wider social occasion of the festival sessions," O'Regan said.

The other guest writers are Elizabeth Knox, young adults writer Karen Healey, Harry Broad, who wrote Molesworth, Stories from New Zealand's Largest High-country Station, and Ron Crosby, who specialises in New Zealand history.

The festival trustees were keen to ensure that Healey's session was accessible to all young people who wanted to attend, O'Regan said. Tickets would be available to Healey's session for the reduced price of $5 through Marlborough college libraries during the first week back at school, O'Regan said.

Meanwhile, a group of Rapaura School mothers have taken on the role of "theming" the room the author sessions will be held in at the Blenheim Club, as a fundraiser for the school.

Under the helpful guidance of interior designer Alex Fulton they have created book bunting to hang in the room and have other plans up their sleeves to add a fun bookish air to the already atmospheric space, O'Regan said.

The festival is being organised by a charitable trust.

More information and tickets for the event are available at marlboroughbookfest.co.nz or call O'Regan on 027 246 0434.

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