LADIES' LITERA-TEA 2016 - was brilliant!

Here's our line-up of wonderful women writers:

 Kerrin Sharpe, Yael Shochat, Marilyn Jessen, Emma Neale, Catherine Chidgey, Lindsey Dawson, Ashleigh Young, Paula Green, Helene Wong, Gina Cole, Urzila Carlson and Janice Marriott (not pictured) entertained and inspired the crowded house at this year's Ladies' Litera-tea. What an afternoon!


Ladies Litera-Tea

Sunday 30 October 1 to 5.30pm

at Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls,
corner of Gillies Ave & Silver Road 

Parking in school grounds, down Silver Rd & in adjacent streets – Albury Ave, Sharpe Rd & Owens Ave

Tickets $65 (includes lavish afternoon tea)  

1pm  Catherine Chidgey The Wish Child The long-awaited new novel from the author of In a Fishbone Church is stunning –  a mesmerizing portrayal of ordinary German families caught up in the Nazi ‘dream’.

1.20pm  Helene Wong Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story Helene’s search for her Chinese identity unravelled the personal, professional & historical threads of her life, & revealed how bound together they are by ‘being Chinese’. Fascinating

1.40pm  Paula Green New York Pocket Book  This latest collection takes us on an enchanting meander around both NY & the nature of poetry. Paula runs 2 popular poetry blogs: NZ Poetry Box for Children & NZ Poetry Shelf for adults.

1.50pm  Marilyn Jessen Her Space: She Sheds, Back Rooms and the Kitchen Tables  NZ women are amazingly creative & inventive. From craft to Steam Punk, Marilyn introduces us to fascinating women doing their own thing in their own space. 

2.10pm  Emma Neale Billy Bird With beautiful writing from a respected Dunedin poet, this quirky, moving, funny novel is a joyful exploration of parenting, of grief, & of being different

2.30pm Yael Shochat  Ima Cuisine  This delightful restaurant owner & mother will tempt your taste buds with gorgeous, healthy, easy-to-prepare Mediterranean & Middle Eastern food from her popular restaurant in Fort St.

2.50 – 3.40 Afternoon Tea With lamingtons, melting moments, savouries & more! (Authors first, with cakes to the signing table)

3.40pm  Lindsey Dawson Scarlet & Magenta Journalist & former magazine editor, Lindsey’s lively novel, set in 1880s NZ, is based on a true incident & features wonderfully strong women with minds of their own.

4pm  Kerrin P Sharpe Rabbit Rabbit  ‘Her poems make me think of migratory birds. It’s as if they have just settled very briefly on the page after long journeys from far-off places, from other centuries.’ Bill Manhire

4.10pm  Ashleigh Young Can You Tolerate This? Personal Essays This Wellington editor & teacher of creative science writing at IIML is also a published poet. These unusual & compelling essays are intriguing. Ashleigh blogs at

4.30pm Janice Marriott Grandparents Talk Grandparents from all over NZ & all walks of life share the joys, significance, & sometimes harsh realities, of being a nana or a poppa. Glorious paintings by kids! 

4.50pm  Gina Cole Black Ice Matter Bold short stories - ‘Aotearoa New Zealand has yet to hear a voice as striking as this one from its Pasifika diaspora: Fijian-infused, queer-inflected, and crafted with legal precision.’ Selina Tusitala Marsh

5.10pm  Urzila Carlson Rolling with the Punchlines: A Memoir From growing up under the shadow of South Africa’s apartheid to a life-changing move to NZ, this lively, popular comedian will have you laughing & possibly weeping too!

The Wish Child - Catherine ChidgeyBeing Chinese - Helene WongHer Space - Marilyn JessenIma Cuisine - Yael Shocket

Scarlet and Magenta - Lindsey Dawson

New York Pocket Book - Paula GreenRabbit Rabbit - Kerrin SharperBilly Bird - Emma NealeRolling with the Punchlines - Urzila CarlsonGrandparents TalkBlack Ice MatterCan You Tolerate This