Reading Room began in 2015. I’ve always felt that my library at home is such a great treasure, I’m able to (with one glance) trace where I was when I bought it, even recall the smell of the bookstore.
My library, like many, has been very well considered and carefully curated, a stockpile of potential and loaded with memory. The only thing lacking for my library (apart from more books) is that mostly, the books are just for me. Opportunities to share my books in a thoughtful, mannered way has been an ongoing consideration.
Reading Room is one of these ideas that has come to life.
Reading Room is a conversation between the special subject (in their library) and a conversationalist witnessed by a dozen or to guests. The wish list of people I’d like to be a part of Reading Room continues to expand.
The first Reading Room was held in mid-2015 at the (then) home of New Zealand Architect, Marshall Cook. Nat Cheshire guest MC’d the conversation between the two of them in front of 15 lucky guests in the library of his home.
The second event in 2015 with Artist Harvey Benge in conversation with Jonty Valentine at Harvey’s home in Ponsonby, Auckland.
We’ve had two events since then; Artist Judy Millar in conversation with Sam Mannering at her studio in Henderson and most recently with Sir James Wallace in conversation with Simon Pound at Sir James’ home, Rannoch.
Libraries tell stories, they can be immediate triggers for a much bigger picture of what was happening then. Reading Room elicits these greater conversations to marvellous effect.
It is proudly sponsored by Coffee Supreme and fresh pastries are baked at our special guests home for your enjoyment. It’s a Saturday morning 9am-12pm gig!
If you know a fascinating someone who has a library at home full of memory and potential please let me know (it doesn’t matter where they are) via my contact page here.
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