Festival of Stories 2018

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Celebrate stories of women in the Horowhenua 

Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 September 2018

Libraries Horowhenua are excited to announce a week long Festival of Stories 2018 in which we will celebrate the stories you can find around you in a range of media and give you some skills to help free you own stories.

Our theme for Festival of Stories 2018 is "stories of women". Between Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 September, we are offering events and activities that will bring us together to enjoy and create stories.

This festival of Stories we are offering you the opportunity to hone your writing skills, listen to inspiring speakers and view films about the changing roll of women over the years. There will be storytelling for children and grownups and opportunities to take you back in time to share your stories. 

Our stories are free

During Festival of Stories we want to ensure everyone in the Horowhenua has a chance to enjoy our stories. 

From Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 September, all items you borrow from Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō, Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom and Shannon Library will be free of charge.

This means you can borrow the latest fiction titles from our shelves as well as the newest DVDs, audio books and magazines and it won't cost you a cent. visit our library catalogue to fin your free stories.

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Suffrage 125 Woman’s Breakfast

Waffle Breakfast and local speakers
$20.00 with proceeds going to Bare Essentials Community Initiative.
Tickets available from Horowhenua District Council and Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po

Enquiries to: sophiep@horowhenua.govt.nz     

7.30am
Council Chambers, Horowhenua District Council

View, Voice and Vantage – Bill Lennox

A workshop for people who want to write about women, real or imagined. The session will look at ways to shape your story-telling – a kickstarting, unblocking workshop that will motivate and equip you to get on with your own writing.

Participants are asked to come along with a character or two in mind – real people or imagined characters for a story. They could also be ready to talk about a story they found interesting or unusual.

Bill Lennox is a freelance writer and researcher living on the Kapiti Coast. He is an experienced creative writing teacher, Bill’s published work includes short stories, travel stories, theatre reviews, a novel, and has written a series of publications based on his grandfather’ time as a missionary in Australia, including the biography/travel book ‘After Andrew’.

Free but bookings essential – limited to 10 participants

10.00am - 1.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Film: What really happened – votes for women

In September 1893 New Zealand became the first country to grant all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. This fly on the wall docudrama reimagines this major achievement, following Kate Sheppard (played by Sara Wiseman) throughout the final push of her campaign. 

10.30am - 11.45am
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Let’s talk about (conversation and cuppa)

Join us for a cup of tea and share your memories of the artifacts and photographs we have to share.

11.00am - 12.00pm
Shannon Library

Film: Inquiry - Nothing Venture, Nothing Gain

This edition of the 70s current affairs show sees reporter Joe Coté investigating women in politics. A potted history of the trailblazers — from suffragist Kate Sheppard to Māori MP Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan (first to have a baby while in office) — leads to wide-ranging conversations with contemporary women in politics. Future Christchurch mayor Vicky Buck (here a 19-year-old council candidate) and others from across the spectrum, talk about ongoing struggles for equality: education, empowerment, abortion, childcare support, and the ‘old boys’ network.

2.00pm - 2.30pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Film: Standing in the Sunshine: work

Four-part series Standing in the Sunshine charted the journey of Kiwi women over a century from September 1893, when New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. This third episode, directed by Melanie Rodriga, looks at women over a century of work — plus education, equal pay, family, art, and Māori life. Interviews are mixed with archive material – including a mid-80s 'girls can do anything' promotion – and re-enactments of quotes by Kiwi feminist pioneers.

3.00pm - 3.45pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Make your own mini handmade book

Join Susan Hansard who will demonstrate how to make your own mini handmade book.

All materials provided.
Free but bookings essential

3.00pm - 5.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Mary Kippenberger stories

The ever popular Mary Kippenberger, together with Peter Charlton-Jones will deliver a fun storytelling performance.

3.30pm-4.30pm
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Take yourself back in time

Have some fun with our green screen. Select one of our historical photographs and have your photo taken as if you lived in Shannon at a different time.

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Shannon Library

Thursday 20 September 2018

Mary Kippenberger stories

The ever popular Mary Kippenberger, together with Peter Charlton-Jones will deliver a fun storytelling performance.

Thursday 20 September 2018
10.00am - 11.00am
Shannon School

Let’s talk about (conversation and cuppa)

Join us for a cup of tea and share your memories of the artifacts and photographs we have to share.

11.00am - 12.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Book Chat

Share a cup of tea as you join in a relaxed conversation about your favourite female writers and characters.

2.00pm - 3.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Film: We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much ... to be successful, but not too successful, or they'll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world -- of happier men and women who are truer to themselves. All welcome.

2.00pm - 3.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Film: The danger of a single story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

2.00pm - 3.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Film: The Nineties

Made to mark the Women’s Suffrage Centennial in 1993, this documentary features seven women in their 90s. By telling their own personal stories, the women give an insight into NZ history in the 1900s. The women speak frankly about their lives, with often very moving stories of losing boyfriends and family members to the world wars, having small children die from illnesses that would now be easily treatable, getting married with no knowledge of the facts of life, and dealing with illegitimate babies from liaisons with American soldiers.

3.00pm - 4.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Mary Kippenberger stories

The ever popular Mary Kippenberger, together with Peter Charlton-Jones will deliver a fun storytelling performance.

3.30pm - 4.30pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Positively Pink: let’s talk about breast screening

Michelle Quinn from BreastScreen Coast to Coast will talk to us about the importance of a subject we may not discuss enough – breast screening.

Next, Mary Kippenberger will entertain our grown up audience with stories we may not have heard before

This will be followed by some informative and entertaining film content you can watch while you partake in a special supper. There will also be the opportunity to have some fun with our green screen. Select one of our historical photographs and have your photo taken as if you lived in the Horowhenua at a different time.

7.00pm - 9.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Friday 21 September 2018

All aboard Ladies (and Gentlemen)

Climb aboard our tour bus as we celebrate stories of women across the Horowhenua. Leaving Levin at 10am we will enjoy a cold drink and view the exhibition by Renee Faleseuga at Shannon Library. Refueled we will make our way to Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton for a Devonshire tea, entertained by Gill Allen and Friends. Our return trip via Shannon will get back to Levin by 2pm

No charge but bookings essential. Limited seats.
Meet at the Bath Street bus stop at 9.45am

10.00am - 2.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō  

Film: Suffragette

A 2015 British historical period drama film about women's suffrage in the United Kingdom.

10.00am - 11.45am
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 

Take yourself back in time

Have some fun with our green screen. Select one of our historical photographs and have your photo taken as if you lived in Foxton at a different time.

All welcome

11.00am - 12.00pm
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Lunchtime concert: Celebrating women through song

11.00am - 12.00pm
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Make your own mini handmade book

Join Susan Hansard who will demonstrate how to make your own mini handmade book.

All materials provided.
Free but bookings essential

2.00pm - 3.00pm
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Film: An angel at my table

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author.

2.00pm - 4.45pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po

Let’s talk about (conversation and cuppa)

Join us for a cup of tea and share your memories of the artifacts and photographs we have to share.

All welcome

3.00pm - 4.00pm
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

Saturday 22 September 2018

Lunchtime concert: Celebrating women through song

All welcome

12.00p. - 1.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Sunday 23 September 2018

Guest speaker Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer is a natural storyteller and will talk to us about what it means to be a woman – sharing aspects of her personal story from childhood, growing up in the 70s and 80s and political year from 1993.

Live streamed to Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom

2.00pm - 3.00pm
Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō

Exhibitions

Renee Faleseuga

Shannon Library
Monday 17 to Sunday 23 September

Town and Country Quilters

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō
Monday 17 to Saturday 29 September

Women’s role through the ages

All libraries
Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 September