Laura Williamson

Laura Williamson remembers attending a writing workshop in Wanaka in 2006, a young mum with a young child and a dream to, one day, possibly, audaciously, be a Full Time Writer.

Ten years on and Laura is the editor of Spoke Magazine, an international travel writer for Air New Zealand’s Kia Ora Magazine and a staff journalist on the Wanaka App. Laura has authored text books for school kids but it’s her new book, in the Bridget Williams Books BWB Text Series, that we’re all excited about.

 The Bike and Beyond: Life on two wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand is about cycling. But although there is a brilliant, breathless run down on Jack Bauer’s almost tour de force in the Tour de France, it’s not just about serious lycra-clad biking, it’s about the history, the quirks, the diversity, the originality and the simple joy of being out and about on two wheels.

Three good reasons to read it:

  1. It mentions Wanaka quite a bit. There’s a potted history of Sticky Forest, Good Rotations gets a mention on page 78 and Bike Wanaka are in there too.
  2. If you are not a bikey person, you learn bikey person terminology which is bound to be useful if you don’t want to be a complete “Fred” during #bikevember.
  3. It’s beautifully written, so buy it!

The launch for Laura’s book will be on Monday November 21st at Ruby’s Cinema from 5pm. There will be free nibbles and a book signing, followed by a screening (preview, people, it won’t even be mainstream released until December) of documentary film Le Ride. Tickets will sell as fast as the riders in the Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze Downhill. You can buy them at Ruby’s.