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Demonstrating there’s more to festivals than music and theatre, we’re very excited to bring you our first UPSURGE Talks.

Writers and thinkers emerge from their typewriters, from behind the microphone and from their consulting rooms to deliver transformative poetry, historic insights, unpretentious food, thoughts on life, health and the arts, and quite possibly a few laughs.

Take a trip with Dame Anne Salmond, cook your way to recovery with Sarah Tuck, say ‘Welcome Home’ to beloved poet Glenn Colquhoun and get the goss with Steve Braunias.

Please arrive in time to order drinks – when the talking starts the coffee machine goes off!

Books on sale at all events thanks to Kaikohe Paper Plus.