There are TWO Ladies' Litera-Teas this year

Sunday 3 September AND Sunday 29 October

Purchase your ticket for September here


An afternoon of women’s words, wit & wisdom
with a lavish afternoon tea break  

Sunday 3 September 2017, 1pm – 5.30pm

Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls Grammar, cnr Silver Rd & Gillies Ave, Epsom

Ladies' Litera-Tea 2017

Ladies' Litera-Tea books


1pm Karyn Hay - The March of the Foxgloves This second novel from media personality Karyn Hay is a delightful, rather risqué Victorian story of an independent woman photographer, set in London & colonial New Zealand.

1.20pm Elizabeth Smither – Night Horse In this 18th poetry collection Elizabeth Smither’s voice is as fresh & vital as ever. She takes everyday things & transforms them – they become enchanted, whimsical, quirky & full of surprises.

1.40pm Leonie Howie & Adele Robertson – Island Nurses On wildly beautiful, remote Great Barrier Island, these two women have been nurse & midwife for more than 30 years. They share their own & the islanders’ stories of birth, death, emergencies & community.

2pm Elspeth Sandys – Casting Off Volume 2 of this wonderful memoir follows on from What Lies Beneath – an absorbing story of a life in literature, told with skill & refreshing honesty. Elspeth has also published a novel this year, Obsession.

2.20pm Mandy Hager – Heloise The famous love story of Heloise & Abelard, from Heloise’s point of view - a young woman with a brilliant mind. Mandy Hager is known for her wonderful teen novels, especially Singing Home the Whale. This, her first adult novel, is extraordinary.

2.40pm Jess Daniell – My Underground Deli Creator of Jess’ Underground Kitchen, a ready-meal & catering business with two buzzing deli/cafes in Herne Bay & Remuera. Jess shares 100 of her favourite recipes in this book – plus some taste treats for the tea break!

3pm Afternoon Tea & Book Signing With lamingtons, melting moments, savouries & more!

3.50pm Dame Anne Salmond – Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds This absorbing historical narrative contains bold political & ethical arguments. Cultural concepts, clashes & exchanges, point to new understandings between peoples & between people & the natural world.

4.10pm Frankie McMillan – My Mother & the Hungarians Short story writer & poet, twice winner of the NZ Flash Fiction Award, Frankie McMillan examines family connections, 1950s refugee experiences, politics & culture in these compressed, often comic, narrative gems.

4.30pm Paddy Richardson – Through the Lonesome Dark The mining town of Blackball, the friendship of three children, Pansy, Otto & Clem, & an unusual aspect of WW1, are all vividly evoked in this absorbing new novel from Paddy Richardson.

4.50pm Sue Bradford & Jenny Chamberlain – Constant Radical: The Life & Times of Sue Bradford  Activist, academic, Green MP responsible for the controversial ‘anti-smacking’ bill – Sue Bradford has demonstrated resilience, integrity & compassion as an ardent fighter for social justice.

5.10pm Selina Tusitala Marsh – Tightrope In 2016 she composed & performed a poem for the Queen at Westminster Abbey.  David Eggleton describes her brilliant new collection as ‘spiky & fierce, brash & vital, comic, irreverent, poignant, rhapsodic - - ‘ Be prepared to smile & cheer!

Purchase your ticket for September here