Western Leader : July 30th 2015
Roadworks set to start P4 Making a difference P16 Western Leader Thursday, July 30, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER what’s selling? ‘‘We are Waitakere and this is a small and unique festival’’ –Murray Gray Going West Books and Writers Festival founder Murray Gray has been orchestrating the programme for the past 20 years. PHOTO: ROSE REES-OWEN Founder stepsdown Murray Gray is closing a chapter in his life. This year he will be the pro- gramme director of the Going West Books and Writers Festival for the last time. The Glen Eden resident has been doing it for 20 years and says it’s time to hand over the reins to someone with fresh eyes. He says putting together the programme is a very ‘‘indulgent and personal’’ experience as he tends to invite writers that he adores to come to the weekend literary event, which is on from September 11 to 13 this year. ‘‘In saying that, there are very few writers in the country that we haven’t had,’’ Gray says. ROSE REES-OWEN firstname.lastname@example.org This year’s lineup includes talks about the biographies of two literary greats Maurice Gee and Maurice Shadbolt, fiction writers Greg McGee, Anna Smaill and Stephanie Johnson, poetry from Harry Ricketts and Leilani Tamu and non-fiction from Jon Bridges, David Slack, Roger Horrocks and Geoff Chapple. The first festival was inspired by Maurice Gee’s novel Going West. A passage in the book describes a train trip from Auckland city to Henderson and Gray thought it would be a great fun to get a bunch of friends together to reenact the trip. At the time he owned a book- shop in Parnell and had many connections to the writing world. Poetry readings and different events took place at stations along the way and even on the train which took a return trip from the city to Helensville. Then Sunday train services for the public began, the rail network changed owners, and it became too much hassle to book a private train for the day. So 10 years ago the festival moved to the Titirangi DON’T MISS OUT Go to goingwestfest.co.nz for a full programme and iticket.co.nz for tickets. War Memorial Hall. Gray says one of the great advantages to this was having the festival all in one location and an option to buy a pass for all events. ‘‘We are Waitakere and this is a small and unique festival.’’ He says the festival has a lot of life left in it and hopes it will continue for many years after his last. Robyn Mason has been working with Gray for the last two years and will take over as programme director. $725,000 69A Pleasant Rd,Glen Eden Private 1315sqm site, spacious open plan living, three bedrooms and rumpus,modernised bathroom, twotoilets. Large garage. Sold byBayleysTitirangi Check out theWestern Homes section in your paper. $450,000 42 Verdale Circle, Glen Eden Solid and dependable construction over three levels along with a freehold title. Close to Glen Eden village and train station. Sold byBayleys Sandringham $795,000 9 Tauhara St, Green Bay 4 bedroom, 1960s retro original, safe cul-de-sac location Sold byBayleysMt Albert Est. 1978 Complete Glasses from $69 from * Offer includes frame and single vision stock lenses. 69 * All glasses have one year manufacture warranty * 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed HENDERSON 09 836 1731 371 Great North Road (Opp. Westfi eld Mall) PREFERRED PARTNER FOR WORK AND INCOME FREE EYE EXAM FREE EYE EXAM *WITH COMPLETE GLASSES PURCHASED Conditions: • Full eye exam fee $59 applies if no glasses are purchased at the time of eye exam • Offer expires 10th August 2015. Member of NZ Association of Optometrists NEWMARKET 09 522 1283 49 Remuera Rd (Opp. Dick Smith) Free Parking 6262810AO SOLD!
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