My new book

I’ve heard it said that writing a book is a bit like having a baby: a long, often torturous process mixing equal parts pleasure, anticipation, pain and panic as the impending deadline draws near (except, of course, publishers aren’t allowed to prescribe epidurals when you just can’t take the agony any more)… but when you finally clasp that little bundle of joy to your chest, it’s all worth it.

Being a glutton for punishment, over the last 12 months I did both: I produced Lucas and my third book, Back to the Land (published by Penguin) – and now we’re all off together on a bit of an unofficial book tour, coming to a town, rugby club, school hall or gardening festival near you!

Here are the dates, and the details (I’ll update this as we go along):

Thursday October 11, Palmers Planet store, 65 Greville Rd, Albany. 6-8pm. Tickets are $10 (includes a glass of wine on arrival, nibbles and a goodie bag, plus if you buy the book you get a $10 discount). Purchase tickets in store or phone 09 477 2750.

Saturday October 13, Mitre 10 Te Rapa, Hamilton, in association with Paper Plus at The Base. Come along for a Spring Gardening Bonanza – I’ll be talking at 1pm.

Monday October 15, Trails Cafe, 191 King Street, Pukekohe, in association with Chapters Bookstore. From 7pm. Tickets $10, includes a glass of wine or beer and nibbles. Phone 09 239 1797 to RSVP.

Wednesday October 17, Kumeu Smallholders Association. I had loads of fun chatting to this group a couple of years ago, when I was still single and living in the city. In fact, I’m sure they promised to find me a man with land. (Kumeu’s loss is Hunua’s gain…) Kumeu Community Centre, 7.30pm, contact Glyn on 09 412 5214.

Sunday October 21, Nelson Arts Festival, Granary Festival Cafe, 3pm. Full details here:

Monday October 22 (Labour Day), A Night in Mapua. Join me for a night of laughs (hopefully from the audience) and gardening inspiration to raise money for the local school. More details to come when I get them!

Thursday October 25, Rural Women’s Ladies Night, Onewhero Rugby Club, from 7pm. This one’s shaping up to be a blast, back in my old home town, with raffles, spot prizes, a trading table and more… and it’s all for a good cause (actually several, as Rural Women are raising funds for several local charities). Tickets are $20 or $15 for members, with ticket sales available at the door, or email Fiona:

Saturday October 27, Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular, 10am and 2pm. I’m talking about country gardening in, well, country gardens! Full details here:

Saturday November 3, Tauranga Garden & ArtFest, The Terraces, Baycourt, 11.30am-12.30pm. See more here.

Saturday November 3, Tauranga Garden & ArtFest, The Terraces, Baycourt, Gardening: A Life Sentence (panel), from 6.30pm. See more here:

Sunday November 4, Ladies Litera-tea, Epsom, Auckland, 1pm-5.30pm. What fun! An entire afternoon of lovely ladies and their books (and cupcakes), organised by the Women’s Bookstore. Full details here.

November 9, 10, 11, Hunter’s Garden Marlborough. A workshop a day: take your pick! Here’s the schedule.

Here’s hoping I can keep the weeds down in between all those flights and road tours, because (madness) I’ve agreed to open my garden to the local garden club ladies in late November too!