I also had the pleasure of meeting Steve Braunias who I didn't know I was a fan of but I am now! He is funny and clever and self deprecating in a cool way. Did you know he used to smoke 50 cigarettes a day?? I also liked what he said about writing towards the full stop and "I just sort of wait for a wonderful sentence to come along which they do - about three or four times a year." Lucky him! I'm still waiting for my first one.
Kāpiti Island is a peaceful place. You can't hear any cars. The birds aren't afraid of you and you can slip into Island time quite easily. We arrived on the boat and went for a leisurely stroll to be told interesting information by a bare foot (sexy) man boy. For the first time in my life, I gave a shit about birds.
After that, we had a cup of tea, a biscuit (if the kakas didn't nick it) and split into groups for a walk. I chose the hardest trail because I am tough. That wasn't the fun bit though because it was mostly up hill. We did get to see a kiwi hobbit hole (that's where they burrow at night). Those of us on the hard trail worked up a decent sweat and arrived back at the bach just in time for a spot of wine. The wine flowed like there was no end to it. Obviously, Kāpiti Island is an extremely hospitable place. This got all our tongues wagging and we made some new friends. Hanging out with writers and book lovers all day = bliss.
I want to go back to Kāpiti Island and stay the night. This way I will get to see brown spotted kiwis and stay in a magical tent. If you haven't been to Kāpiti Island - go! Go! Go! Honestly, go! And pleeeeaaase can I do it all over again? I want to meet all my favourite New Zealand authors at Kāpiti Island whilst drinking the local Ohau Gravels wine.
A great day.
P.S: I love you Lloyd and I know where you live.