Sunday, May 15, 2011
ECSTATIC RESPONSE TO OPENING NIGHT AUCKLAND WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL
Following a series of dull openings in previous years the organisers of the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival made amends last evening with the New Zealand Listener Gala Night proving a huge hit and receiving a wildly enthusiastic reception from the large audience.
Each of the eight authors - Karen Healy, Fatima Bhutto, Rives, Fiona Farrell, James Patterson, AA Gill, Victor Rodger and Meg Rosoff - became actors and provided stunning unscripted performances loosely inspired by the alphabet. Some were serious, most were funny, all were brilliant and hugely entertaining. I thought though that Fiona Farrell was the stand out performer with her look at Q for Quake. She quietly stole the show.
Congratulations to the authors and to the organisers, it was a wonderful opening night and the punters went home very happy.
Now to the first full day. More later.