Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival delivers exciting line up for fifth annual Schools Programme

The 2013 Schools Programme enables intermediate and secondary school students to take part in sessions and workshops run by inspirational writers from around the world. The sessions, all 45 minutes long, take place in the Aotea Centre. Audience questions are encouraged and students can get books signed in the breaks. Attendance must be booked through schools, so make sure the school you are involved with is planning to take part in this event.

Featured writers include best-selling American YA novelist Libba Bray author of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, th
e award-winning Going Bovine and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Beauty Queens. Her latest novel is Diviners. Award-winning New Zealand writer Kate De Goldi will also run a session. Kate's The 10PM Question scooped prizes in New Zealand and around the world, charming readers of all generations. A much loved writer, broadcaster and speaker, Kate’s new novel is The ACB with Honora Lee. Other writers participating in the event include best-selling UK science writer Dr Ben Goldacre; Scottish-Nigerian poet and fiction writer for adults and children Jackie Kay; Commonwealth Short Story Competition prizewinner Emma Martin; leading UK YA writer Patrick Ness; Australian writer, teacher and standup comedian Oliver Phommavanh; NZ Post Children’s Book of the Year 2012 winners Chris Slane & Matt Elliott; historian and journalist Jane Tolerton; copywriter, scriptwriter and junior fiction writer Glenn Wood; singer/songwriter Tama Waipara; renowned poet, novelist and short story writer Albert Wendt; and Samoan fantasy trilogy writer Lani Wendt Young.

To find out more, visit the Schools Programme page on our website.

Patrick NessOliver Phommavanh Left - Oliver Phommavanah (R) and Patrick Ness (L)

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