I have always been proud of my library at home and consider it such a great treasure. Carefully considered and curated, it contains a stockpile of potential and is loaded with memory. Just a glance suffices to trace where I was when I bought each book and I can even recall the smell of the bookstore.
But I soon realised that those books were just for me; one very important thing was missing in my library (apart from more books!): being able to share that magical world of my books with others in an inspiring, thought-provoking way.
That is how the idea of Reading Room came to life and the first event was held in 2015: At each Reading Room, a select audience of a dozen or so listen to a host in conversation with a special guest in the intimate setting of the guest’s library.
The wish list of special guests for Reading Room has continued to expand since the first event in mid-2015 at the home of New Zealand Architect Marshall Cook, who was in conversation with Nat Cheshire in front of an audience of 15 lucky guests sitting in Cook’s amazing library.
A second event followed in 2015 with Artist Harvey Benge in conversation with Jonty Valentine at Harvey’s home in Ponsonby, Auckland.
Since then, other Reading Room events have been held including one with with Artist Judy Millar in conversation with Sam Mannering at her studio in Henderson; and with Sir James Wallace in conversation with Simon Pound at Sir James’s home, Rannoch.
The stories that libraries tell can be immediate triggers for a much wider conversation that go far beyond their confines. Reading Room elicits these greater conversations to marvellous effect.
As these events are a Saturday morning gig—9am-12pm—they are thankfully sponsored by Coffee Supreme with fresh pastries are baked at our special guest’s home for your enjoyment.
List of Reading Rooms
Marshall Cook in conversation with Nat Cheshire
Harvey Benge in conversation with Jonty Valentine
Judy Millar in conversation with Sam Mannering
Sir James Wallace in conversation with Simon Pound
Pip Cheshire in conversation with Matt Liggins
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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