Writers and Readers Weekend 2018

We are beyond excited to announce that this year’s Writers and Readers Weekend bring two of New Zealand’s leading writers to Oamaru.

We have secured multi-award winning authors; Catherine Chidgey and Kate Camp in an incredible weekend line up of events.

Friday 16th February – That ‘Inviolate Place’ – The Inkbox Oamaru – 6.30 – 8.15pm

Janet Frame wrote, “…there must be an inviolate place where the choices and decisions, however imperfect, are the writer’s own, where the decision must be as individual and solitary as birth or death.”

We get an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes with two of New Zealand’s leading writers; Catherine Chidgey and Kate Camp – award-winning writers at the top of their game and both are nominees for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

With each highly acclaimed writer interviewing the other, expect an intimate evening of shared good humour, spontaneity and revelation.

Writers and readers alike will delight in this exclusive insight into the makings of world class literature.

  • Q&A Session – Catherine Chidgey & Kate Camp
  • The Inkbox Oamaru, 70 Thames Street Oamaru
  • Opera House Café and Bar open from 5.30pm
  • Tickets from $21.20 plus service charges

Tickets are strictly limited. Book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets available here.

Saturday 17th February – Writers’ Workshop – 56 Eden St Oamaru – 10 – 4pm

This creative writing workshop  is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers.

Catherine Chidgey will take the group through a journey on effective incorporation of the senses in writing and how we can use them to evoke a strong sense of place.

The day begins in the grounds of Janet Frame’s old school, Waitaki Girls High School before lunch at her childhood home, 56 Eden Street and an afternoon of creative learning in the house and grounds of her former home.

Lunch is provided.

  • To register your interest, email jfestrust@gmail.com or text 021 678 132.
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Waitaki Girls High School and 56 Eden St, Oamaru 9400
  • Lunch provided
  • Tickets are $35.00 or $25.00 for Friends of the Janet Frame House.

To become a ‘Friend’, click here. Note: become a ‘Friend’ on the day and enjoy the discounted rate for the workshop along with your membership.

Sunday 18th February – Literary Picnic – 56 Eden St Oamaru – 10 – 12pm

Janet Frame grew up in Oamaru and the Janet Frame Eden Street Trust cares for her childhood home. The home receives visitors from around the world and our literary picnic party on the lawn is your chance to experience a little of Janet Frame’s world here.

Our award-winning New Zealand writers; Catherine Chidgey and Kate Camp, will reflect on Janet Frame and their own writing as well as be available to sign books. Plus, we invite you to show off your literary prowess with our very own ‘open mic’.

Tea, coffee and homemade lemonade provided. BYO snacks, seats and rugs. All welcome.

  • Literary Picnic – with Catherine Chidgey, Kate Camp AND ‘open mic’
  • 56 Eden Street, Sunday, 18th February, 10-12pm
  • Picnic Party on the Lawn
  • 56 Eden St, Oamaru 9400
  • Tea, coffee and homemade lemonade provided

Come join us for all or some of these exciting events. We couldn’t be more proud to bring these unique experiences to Oamaru. To download the flier below, click here.



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