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Lock down Reading Challenge – 4+ weeks

Four weeks can feel like a long time if you don’t have anything planned. For those of you who enjoy a challenge or are just looking for a bit of structure we have a reading challenge for you – based on four books per week.

There are five challenges (one for each week) and three separate sheets for children, see how many you can get through before our lock down is finished. If people don’t stay at home and keep safe, we could be in lock down for much longer. If that happens (and we hope it won’t) then we will add more challenges for you.

Or you might decide to do your own reading challenges. We would love to hear how you went by commenting on the blog or our facebook page.

Week 1:

  1. A book recommended by someone
  2. A sequel you’ve been meaning to read
  3. A book with red on the cover
  4. Re-read an old favourite
  5. For children – we have Challenge sheet 1 to print or download for fun reading challenges

Download all five weeks of our challenges here:
Reading Challenge week 1
Reading Challenge week 2
Reading Challenge week 3
Reading Challenge week 4
Reading Challenge week 5

Download the children’s reading challenges here:
Lock down reading challenge 1
Lock down reading challenge 2
Lock down reading challenge 3

Happy reading everyone.

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Manawatu Writers’ Festival 2018 (Sept 7 – 11)

We welcome our guest blogger Rita Stirling-Vincent…

As a newbie to the “I’m gonna be a writer” gang, I really didn’t know what to expect from the festival. It’s the first I’ve attended. I was prepared to sit in dark, draughty town halls, sifting through the pearls of wisdom scattered by successful writers, published writers, real writers. Now I would get guidance on how to begin this crazy career. There would be illumination of the way forward.

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A big WPRR welcome to Anya Forest

Kia ora,

Please welcome our latest victim guest, Anya Forest. On the metal plate suspended above that puddle by wires is a chocolate fish. Behave and the delicious pink marshmallow fish covered in chocolate won’t end up a goopy mess on the floor.

In the event of an earthquake/zombie plague/or random occupation – you’ll find emergency procedures taped to the bottom of your seat. Yes, just like a flotation device. You’ll also find a Glock 17 with a full magazine.
Remember you cannot reason with zombies and it’s a head shot every time.

Comfy?
Yep. I have my retriever Crockett supervising and the TV on.

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Grab a cuppa and come meet Brian Stoddart

Kia ora,

Please welcome our latest victim guest, Brian Stoddart. On the metal plate suspended above that puddle by wires is a chocolate fish. Behave and the delicious pink marshmallow fish covered in chocolate won’t end up a goopy mess on the floor.

In the event of an earthquake/zombie plague/or random occupation – you’ll find emergency procedures taped to the bottom of your seat. Yes, just like a flotation device. You’ll also find a Glock 17 with a full magazine.
Remember you cannot reason with zombies and it’s a head shot every time.

Brian Stoddart
Brian Stoddart

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