Monday, May 16, 2011


Linda Herrick reporting in the New Zealand Herald today says that audience numbers for the  Festival, which ended last night, are the highest yet - just over 32,000 people attended, a 21 per cent rise on last year's 26,500.

Brent Phibbs photo.

The festival was greatly boosted by A.A. Gill's Friday night session, which sold out all four levels of the ASB Theatre at the Aotea Centre, but many sessions through the weekend attracted healthy audience numbers.

Read Linda's full story at the New Zealand Herald.

Congratulations to the organisers of the AWRF 2011 for a great event. The Bookman will do a wrap of the Festival including his annual Bouquets & Brickbats column later today.

The Bookman is off to Sydney on Wednesday for the announcement of the winner of the Man Booker International prize and will be reporting on the blog on that and other Sydney Writers Festival events.


Mary in the South Island said...

And part of the success is due to you. Those of us who live far away and can't get to the Festival are truly appreciative of the reports you provide us on those events you attend.
So thank you most warmly Bookman Beattie, one day I hope to get there but meantime I get great pleasure from your blogging.

Gordon Dryden said...

Again, thanks a million for the incredible job you do.

Claire at Latitude said...

Yes, Mr Beattie. So please stop apologising for a lack of pictures.