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Editorial

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that on any day of the year there’s always something happening in Queenstown.

October 14 2019 by Tanya Surrey - Chairperson – Queenstown Writers an

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that on any day of the year there’s always something happening in Queenstown.

While we’re known as the adventure capital of the world and high adrenalin activities have put Queenstown on the map, there are plenty of options for the more sedate amongst us. There is no shortage of community events, many seasonal - Arrowtown Autumn Festival, Queenstown Winter Festival, Winter Games, Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival, the list goes on.

Over the last few years various new festivals have emerged such as the hugely successful LUMA light festival. Other longstanding festivals continue to flourish and bring the local community together.
With an increasing population and more than 2.3 million passengers coming through Queenstown Airport in the last year along with those arriving by car and bus, there’s an audience for a diverse range of events.

It’s all good for the local economy, employment and what can only be described as the vibe of the place. Festivals and events that celebrate and endorse the arts have increased in recent years and now we have a newcomer on the scene.

In November this year the inaugural Queenstown Writers Festival will be held at the Sherwood. A charitable trust has been established to present this festival celebrating the wonders of the written word. This inaugural event involves two workshops and six authors talking about their work in conversations with local people. Plans for the future include a short story competition, a school’s programme and a range of novelists, poets, bloggers and non-fiction writers.

J D Salinger is mainly known for writing the American classic, Catcher in the Rye. He’s also known for this quote - “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though”

Mr Salinger makes a good point. However, it does sometimes happen and that’s exactly what a readers and writers festival is all about. On the second weekend of November Queenstown residents and visitors will have the chance to talk to authors whose work they have enjoyed and to find new favourites. The Festival includes novelists Maxine Alterio, Laurence Fearnley, historian and journalist Tom O’Connor, children’s writer and blogger Jane Bloomfield and parenting blogger Emily Writes.

It’s hoped that this new festival will become an annual event on the Queenstown calendar, enriching the local arts scene while supporting both writers and local businesses.

Queenstown Writers Festival – 9 and 10 November.
Visit our website www.qtwritersfestival.nz

Tanya Surrey - Chairperson – Queenstown Writers and Readers Festival Charitable Trust

- Tanya Surrey - Chairperson – Queenstown Writers an
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