Thursday, February 19, 2009

Appearing in Hope

The Blue and I are appearing at the Greenhough Vineyard in Hope tonight as guests of the Friends of Tasman District Libraries. I am very excited as this is my first event in the top of the South Island where The Blue is based. I am looking forward to talking about the book and reading from it (I never tire of reading TB out loud...) but I also want to hear from readers in this part of the world what they thought of it.

And I'll be able to catch up with an old and dear friend who lives close by. So with a bit of sun, it looks a perfect couple of days coming up in Hope.

If you're in the area, come along to: Greenhough Vineyard, Paton Rd, Hope on Thursday 19 February 2009 at 7.30pm. Tickets $20 available from Tasman Libraries. This fundraising event is generously sponsored by Greenhough Vineyard and the wonderful NZ Book Council!


Anonymous said...

Mary - I read your headline 'Appearing in Hope' and for the first time in over 50 years, I realised that the place Hope, was also the word hope. Do you know what I mean? How for years we say a word without acknowledging it's meaning (a place-name). I 'hope' the hometown (my hometown being Richmond) crowd were welcoming and it still intrigues me that a place like Hope which used to be market gardens and orchards, is now wall to wall vineyards... well, that they even have vineyards actually.

The Friends of Tasman Library are a very supportive literary strength and I imagine you enjoyed some fabulous hospitality from the Burn-Brown clan.

I remember when the biggest news my mother had for me when I was living in London in the early seventies was that Richmond had a Mall...

And lucky you, the Greenhough Riesling is very nice indeed.

Mary McCallum said...

Maggie, Your hometown is quite a place. Lovely crowd at a lovely vineyard with lovely wine and lovely food - what more could a writer ask for?

I met your friend Sarah too - although I didn't get to stay with her - one of the other organisers put me up.

I have to say you're a bit of a celeb over there!

And I love that name Hope. Funny thing about place-names - they become the place just as people's names become the people and we forget to separate them out... only when you're new do you notice.