There’s nothing like a visit to the city (or anywhere that isn’t your usual stomping ground) for a bit of an inspiration boost. I was recently in Wellington during the Arts Festival to satisfy my book and art appetites. Art highlights were visiting the tiny, but interesting, Visual Culture gallery, the Simon Starling exhibition at City Gallery and seeing the latest in the See Here space. We loved the Library Bar and the Quiet Volume experience at the National Library. The Quiet Volume is a reading performance for two – the audience are the participants. It was so very interesting on all sorts of levels, and has stayed with me. If you get a chance to do this (it’s happening world-wide) do! Writers Week was on so we got to a few publisher parties and Eleanor Catton’s event with her editor Max Porter of Granta Books which was excellent. (If you missed this event, check out the interview with Kim Hill).