1 Jun 2018

Aotearoa at the Library - Recap

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Last week we had a whirlwind of activity at Elma Turner Library as we took part in a number of nation-wide events.

About 35 brave souls ventured out into the cold and rain to attend Book Night on Tuesday the 22nd of May. This annual event is a chance to spend time reading with other people around the country, and in our case, with other people at the library. We rugged up with blankets and hot chocolate and delved into our own books. Pizza and snacks sustained our efforts and everyone had a good time. It was nice to see families coming along together to read at the library. We are already excited for the next Book Night in 2019.

After Book Night we had Murder in the Library on Thursday the 24th of May. At least 50 people turned out to hear renowned New Zealand authors Paul Cleave and Alan Carter discuss their work, in conversation with Stella Chrysostomou from Volume. Both authors have been long-listed for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Awards which you can read more about in a previous blog post here.

Alongside these events we ran our inaugural Crime Writers Flash Fiction competition – the 36 entries were diverse, funny, shocking, bizarre, poignant and full of intrigue. John Peters took away the prize for his story Murder in the Rose Garden ­– congratulations John!

Murder in the Rose Garden

“I saw who did it” said the little man, but the detectives pushed him aside as they approached the body in the rose bushes.

“This will be challenging” said the older detective, “no signs of struggle, no footprints, just a single, almost surgical knife wound.”

“And who would want to kill her anyway?” asked the young one, “wasn’t she loved by everyone?”

“I saw who did it” insisted the little man again, “I know who it was.”

But no one listens to a garden gnome.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our Aotearoa at the Library events last week. We hope you had a thrilling time.