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Finale - Local Author Showcase

Sunday 14th April, 10:30am
CHB Museum, Waipawa

Join us for a chance to celebrate local authors including Tim Gilbertson, Tim Upperton, Owen Clough and Richard Anderson.  

Leaving school at the age of fourteen, Owen Clough travelled around New Zealand on a working holiday. Then at the age of seventeen joined the Royal New Zealand Airforce, where he spent eleven years on different bases including a time overseas. After surviving the devastating earthquakes of 2010 in Christchurch Owen and his wife sold their home and are now CHB locals. Owen had always wondered what it would be like to live back in the turbulent times of New Zealand's history and wrote his first book with this in mind. After completing the Whispers trilogy, Owen published Liquid Gold which considers what might happen if Australia, in water crisis, looks to New Zealand. 

Tim Gilbertson lives on the banks of the Tukituki River in Central Hawkes Bay where he farms sheep, cattle and goats.

Tim’s unique collection of stories, Boots on Mossies, depicts the reality of the two world wars and of our soldiers who fought there. Drawing on recounted memories of those who were part of the action and the thoughts of those who heard them, Tim has created narratives that honour those memories. Here the reader will encounter the grim personal impact of those wars, the camaraderie of the soldiers in the midst of it all and the humour they shared – that essential source of mental resilience which sustained them and ultimately kept them human.

In his recently published memoir, The Bishop and the Bomb, Richard Anderson reflects on an era that “sadly no longer exists. The freedom that we knew as school boys, and the tolerance that a sorely pressed Head Master showed.” Richard recounts being able to escape into the hills with a pack, dog and rifle as a very young school boy – something that would now be treated with horror. Richard considers himself  doubly fortunate to have had such an enthusiastic, eccentric and loving Grandfather, who thought all young men should have a plentiful supply of gun powder!

Tim Upperton is the author of A House On Fire, The Night We Ate The Baby (Ockham NZ Book Awards Finalist), and A Riderless Horse (described by its Listener reviewer as ‘one of the year’s best poetry collections’). His poems are published widely in New Zealand and overseas, and are anthologised in The Best of Best New Zealand Poems , Essential New Zealand Poems, Villanelles, and Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century. He won the Caselberg International Poetry Competition in 2012, 2013 and 2020. Tim lives in Palmerston North with his cat, dog, and two chickens but was and raised in Waipukurau - his home town.


Tickets are strictly limited for this FREE event so be quick!

This free event is brought to CHB thanks to sponsorship from the Community Pride and Vibrancy Fund. 

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