Ladies’ Litera-Tea (November)

Ladies’ Litera-Tea (November)

The Women's Bookshop

Price: $65 - includes afternoon tea

Sunday, 04 November 1pm

Running time: 4 and a half hours


An afternoon of women’s words, wit & wisdom served with a lavish afternoon tea

Purchase tickets here

Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, cnr of Silver Road & Gillies Avenue, Epsom

There are two Litera-Teas, one in September & one in November, each with a different lineup – so why not come to both?


SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER – 1pm to 5.30pm

Ladies' Litera-Tea November lineup

1pm Catherine Robertson – Gabriel’s Bay

This smart, heart-warming, funny book vividly evokes a small NZ community. A lively reviewer on radio & in the Listener, Catherine creates quirky, believable characters.

1.20pm Alison Jones – Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds

A wonderfully written & illustrated account, with Kuni Kaa Jenkins, of early Maori & Pakeha encounters in industrial England. 2018 Ockham NZ Book Award Winner

1.40pm Tayi Tibble – Poukahangatus

Full of swagger & boldness & heart, with some quietly intimate pieces, this work from a new Wellington poet covers family, friendship, fashion, sex, pop culture & her own ancestry.

1.55pm Kirsten Warner – The Sound of Breaking Glass

A lively & moving debut novel set in Auckland in the 90s. Christel is dealing with being a mother, an activist, working in reality TV & being the child of a Holocaust survivor.

2.15pm Joanne Drayton – Hudson & Halls: The Food of Love

The love story of two TV chefs who, with charm & spontaneity, captivated viewers & helped change 70s & 80s attitudes to homosexuality. NY Times bestselling NZ author.

2.35pm Jo Seagar – Better Than a Bought One

Jo’s catch-cry ’Easy peasy’ & her down-to-earth humour have endeared her to the nation. Celebrate with maximum effect & minimum effort – ‘There’s more to food than nutrients’!

2.55pm Afternoon Tea – With lamingtons, melting moments, asparagus rolls and more!

3.35pm Lizzie Marvelly – That F Word: Growing Up Feminist in Aotearoa

This feisty columnist, musician & activist challenges traditional expectations & gender imbalances in NZ society, shares her own experiences, & celebrates Kiwi women.

3.55pm Maire Leadbeater – See No Evil: New Zealand’s Betrayal of the People of West Papua

Based on meticulous research & decades of activism, a shocking & insightful call for self-determination in West Papua.

4.15pm Melinda Williams – Eco Homes: Smart Ideas for Sustainable NZ Homes

Packed full of practical, accessible information & inspirational photographs; from the former editor of Urbis magazine & current design editor of Viva.

4.35pm Charlotte Grimshaw – Mazarine

Frances has a troubled relationship with her mother & her ‘ex’, & her daughter has ‘vanished’ – an unsettling, intriguing novel about identity, terrorism & politics in NZ & abroad.

4.55pm Mary McCallum – XYZ of Happiness

Poems of happiness – as it comes, when it’s missing & when it’s hoped for – from novelist, poet, songwriter & publisher of small but perfectly formed independent Makaro Press.

5.10pm Michele A’Court – How We Met: The Ways Great Love Begins

This delightful feminist comedian has interviewed couples about getting together & staying together – magical, delicious, fun!


5.30pm Book signing in the foyer