Words Amongst Friends - Iain Watson

Thursday 22nd August, 6pm

This is an evening of poetry accompanied by images and Iain's own story of living with Multiple Scelrosis. All are welcome, and all profits go to the MS Society.

Iain is a poet who lives in the Hawke’s Bay. Since his early teens, he has had a passion for poetry sparked initially by the gift of a book of Sam Hunt’s poems. The pictures and stories Sam painted in his prose opened the door for Iain to the wonderful world of verse. It is a passion he credits with having helped get him through many of the dark spells he has inevitably encountered on his journey through life.

Iain was diagnosed with slow progressive MS around 30 years ago. It was a devastating setback he could have allowed to overwhelm him. Instead it was one he was determined would not define and dictate his life. His solution - start a business, build a highly successful career in advertising and marketing, and fulfil a lifelong dream to travel. He has never let MS and the fact he is confined to a wheelchair, be an excuse for opting out, instead has grasped life’s challenges head on. Although now retired from business life, he continues to travel when time, health and finances allow.

Over the years Iain has toyed with the idea of committing some of his poem ideas to print. With the creative help of friends and the encouragement of his wife Ava, he has self published Words amongst friends. A collection of very personal, approachable poems accompanied by original photographs submitted by friends. The book design has been beautifully crafted by world renowned designer and typographer Len Cheeseman, also a personal friend.

All profits from sales of the book will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in recognition of the ongoing help and support they provide for people with MS and their families. Work that is largely undertaken without government support and helps hundreds of people every year to cope with this debilitating disease.


Battle of the Book Clubs

Thursday 19th September, 7pm, Havelock North Function Centre


It's back...with a very important difference. CanTeen no longer has a hub in Hawke's Bay - its co-ordinator Kerrie refused to leave our kids and their families unsupported in their cancer journey so she has set up The Acorn Project Hawkes Bay to provide support services to young people aged 12 to 24 years living with cancer in Hawke's Bay. We are fully behind Kerrie and her team and all proceeds from the 2019 Battle will go to them. So:

*it's a booky quiz night
*the questions are rich and varied
*you will be able to answer many of them!
*picture rounds and an acted out round
*teams of 6 for $60 or 10 for $100
*bar and nibbles available
*the most fun quiz night you will ever go to

Get your team booked in by phoning 06 8777783 or email Lou on books@wardini.co.nz