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Carly Thomas

Carly Thomas

Carly Thomas

Carly Thomas is a journalist and freelance writer who is completely obsessed with story. At the centre of what she does is a belief that everyone has a story worth hearing. The magic is in the listening and the telling. She is known for her heartfelt flair, her relaxed interviewing style and her passion for telling every story in a personalised way. In an age of fast media, Carly takes time and gives time. She wrote a book in 2018 - 'Verve: 60 years of the Art of Bruce Rennie' which was launched at Bruce McKenzie's Booksellers. Carly's work in the arts' community was extended to helping Joe McMenamin develop his Homeprint Art Supplies business for a year and her current work includes generating press releases and website words for clients, marketing and teaching kids creative writing. Carly was recently chosen as an emerging script writer by Centrepoint Theatre to complete a writing intensive. She also dabbles in fiction writing in between being a mum to three kids and a motley herd of horses. Carly lives in rural Manawatu.


Discussion Panel: Our Heritage: Our Social History (with Tina White, Marilyn Wightman, Lesley CourtneyRussell Poole, Andi C Buchanan)

Monday 14 September, 9:30am - 11:00am

Host Carly Thomas facilitates a panel discussion about Our Heritage.


Discussion Panel: Opening History (with Kirsty Powel, Jill Darragh, Andi C Buchanan, Tony Chapelle and Cristina Sanders)

Monday 14 September, 11:15am - 12:30pm

Host Carly Thomas natters to New Zealand authors of historical fiction about delving into research, the value of anecdotal material as clues, contradictory facts and making decisions about how many facts to use. Each author will also read excerpts from their novels.