A couple of weekends ago, I attended 4 sessions and one workshop at Auckland’s Writers and Readers Festival. I started the day at Lloyd Geering’s lecture How man made God – not a new concept, but nevertheless a very dynamic and interesting presentation. Next I was off to The Good Life a very entertaining, mostly question and answer session on turning your urban property or “section” into an oasis, complete with veggie patch, chicken run and worm farm. After a quick lunch break, I headed to a fast-paced hour with digital technology specialist Aleks Krotoski and Toby Manhire on What the Internet is doing to you. I had read the book, The shallows : what the Internet is doing to our brains, so found Aleks’ take on the subject really fascinating. My next stop was a session on Living with Dementia a very thought-provoking look at living with and caring for a family member afflicted by this devastating disease. After hearing about the experiences of Dr. Helena Popovic and Kate De Goldi, who are both daughters of dementia sufferers, I needed the comfort that only “afternoon tea” could provide. So, off I went to nearby Moustache, a milk and cookie bar on Wellesley St. This tiny spot is a must if you are in the city and need a pick-me-up! They don’t have much seating, so I took my “afternoon tea” al fresco on a bench in Aotea Square. Beautiful! I was now ready for the last session of the day – a workshop with writer and innovation workshop facilitator, Kathryn Burnett. Her Creative ideas fast workshop was described as a “short, sharp workout that will get your right brain firing” and it lived up to its promise in every way. I’d highly recommend Kathryn’s classes and workshops for anyone wanting to get the creative juices flowing.
I have lived in New Zealand for almost 9 years now and this was my first year at the festival. However, it won’t be my last – it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday!
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Geering, Lloyd. From the big bang to God
Hallinan, Lynda. Back to the land : A year of country gardening
Luke, Janet. Green urban living : Simple steps to growing food, keeping chickens, worm farming, beekeeping and much more in New Zealand
Murrell, Tony. Garden: Garden designs to enhance your life
Krotoski, Aleks. Untangling the Web : what the Internet is doing to you
Popovic, Helena. In search of my father
De Goldi, Kate. The ACB with Honora Lee