“The VOLUME Mapua Literary Festival will emphasise the same qualities that we emphasise in our bookshop,” says Thomas Koed, co-owner of VOLUME with Stella Chrysostomou. “The festival will be small but of a very high quality. The speakers will be so interesting that we imagine attendees will want to attend all sessions.”
A percentage of all ticket sales will benefit the Mapua Community Library, who have held literary fundraising events in previous years. The Library are organising a quiz evening and a schools’ programme as part of this year’s festival.
"There is a natural synergy between bookshops and libraries in fostering reading in the community. VOLUME is very pleased to be donating a portion of ticket sales to support a library that serves its community well and would not exist without donations. We are grateful for the library's practical assistance and support" says Thomas.
Mapua Community Library are an entirely volunteer run facility funded by grants, donations and fund-raising events. The library was started in 1943 by Mary Robb who had a vision of books being locally available for borrowing.
Around 2000, the Moutere Hills RSA very generously offered to share the site on the corner of Toru Street and Aranui Road. Significant fund raising ensued and with financial help from the New Zealand Lottery Board and Canterbury Charitable Trust, the construction of a permanent, purpose-built shared facility was launched. In 2002, with much excitement and ceremony the doors were opened by "National Treasure" Margaret Mahy.
Mapua is a delightful coastal settlement with a village feel, half an hour’s drive from Nelson. It is well provided with cafés and restaurants and accommodation, making it perfect for a literary weekend getaway.
The full programme for the VOLUME MAPUA LITERARY FESTIVAL is available on-line at www.volume.nz, or from VOLUME, and libraries and bookshops around the country.