The Women’s Bookshop is running two ladies’ Litera-Teas

Carole Beu and her team are delighted to announce not one but two dates. Sunday 3 September and Sunday 29 October.

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 and colonial New Zealand.

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

1.40pm - Leonie Howie & Adele Robertson - Island Nurses. On wildly beautiful, remote Great Barrier Island, these two women have been nurse and midwife for more than 30 years. They share their own and the islanders’ stories of birth, death, emergencies and 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 and refreshing honesty. Elspeth has also published a novel this year, Obsession.

2.20pm - Mandy Hager - Heloise. The famous love story of Heloise and 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 and catering business with two buzzing deli/cafes in Herne Bay and 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 and more!

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

4.10pm - Frankie McMillan - My Mother & the Hungarians. Short story writer and poet, twice winner of the NZ Flash Fiction Award, Frankie McMillan examines family connections, 1950s refugee experiences, politics and 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 and Clem, and an unusual aspect of WWI, 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 and compassion as an ardent fighter for social justice.

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

THE WOMEN’S BOOKSHOP, 105 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 4399,