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Word Café Raglan returns for third time

The Word Café Raglan writers and readers festival is taking place at the Raglan Town Hall, from June 30 to July 2, 2017.

This is the third time that the festival has run, and this year the programme is bigger and more diverse than ever.

“Word Café aims to celebrate the joy and power of words with our community,” says committee member Linda Silvester, who had the original idea of hosting a writers and readers festival in Raglan back in 2013. “We’re interested in promoting and hearing from writers of all types and genres, and at all stages of their career.”

Well-known authors featuring at this year’s festival include media personality and novelist Karyn Hay, poet Paula Green, graphic novelist Sarah Laing and international bestselling novelist Nalini Singh. They appear alongside a host of other poets, photographers, novelists, memoirists, and short story and non-fiction writers, including several authors from Raglan.

The crammed programme spans three days and includes a spoken poetry showcase, an evening extravaganza and open mic night, book launches, author Q&As, and a writing workshop and competition.

Tickets are $100 for a weekend pass. Door sales to individual sessions will be available as space allows. To book your ticket or find out more go to wordcaferaglan.co.nz.

Sarah Johnson