I just thought I would bring to your attention something that is happening here on Friday. I was recently reminded when reading a fellow writing friends blog, (Miss Marples Musings) her extremely thought-provoking post on illiteracy throughout the world. How we could all help in some small way both in our own countries and in others less fortunate than us. While this is not directly pointed at illiteracy as such, it shows how writers can give a little joy to others.
On March 25 famous authors in the wider Auckland area are banding to appear in libraries across the city to read their books in a fundraiser for the quake stricken people of Christchurch. The event is jointly run by Auckland Libraries and the New Zealand Society of Authors. Some writers mentioned are Tessa Duder, Kevin Ireland, Ian Wedde, Emily Perkins Christine Cole Catley, James George, Stephanie Johnson, Elizabeth Nannestad, Tusitala Marsh and Andrea Jutson, and Joanna Orwin from Christchurch. As one author Tessa Duder said “Its a pleasure to do something. Simply making a small gesture towards a city in great need of whatever support we can offer.” She continues “the journalist writers are telling the stories of the quake, often magnificently, but there is also a need for storytelling which tells of others rising to challenges, providing inspiration, hope and healing, particularly for the children.”
Here,here to that… Its being held at 1pm and run by the Auckland Libraries and the New Zealand Society of Authors.