BOUQUETS AND MISCELLANEOUS MEANDERING MUSINGS
(with the comment that I only attended 18 of the 65 events)
Most outstanding speakers:
Most charming author:
Most entertaining session:
Buy champagne, pour tea, cook rice, write bestseller…tick
Best innovation this year:
Recorded announcement of sponsors rather than being done by individual chairpersons
Biggest need for next year:
Free wireless broadband availability at venue
Sight to behold:
Silver haired Remuera/Parnell book enthusiasts jostling for front of queue positions at entrances to ASB Theatre and then charging down the aisles to get best possible seats.
Suggestions to organisers:
Screen book covers during author sessions rather the just leaving up name of session, author/s and chair.
Ask publishers not to hold social functions when sessions are on.
Remind Chairpersons that the punters have come to hear the authors not the Chairpersons.
Fabulous venue, hope Festival can afford to return?
Great organization and management.
Wonderful team of volunteers.
Terrific selection of guest authors.
Best-ever Auckland Writers & Readers Festival – hands down!
So hats off to Jill and her team - Shona, Annaliese, Angela, Mel & Michelle- to the Trust Board, to the big team of generous sponsors, and indeed to everyone who played a part in staging this world-class event in our city. Roll on next year!
I spent $200 plus on tickets and much more than that on books but I consider it all GREAT value. Thanks everyone, ciao.