Friday, March 27, 2015

Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts

Australia & New Zealand Festival 2015


The best way to enjoy the Festival

Are you planning on coming to the Festival for a day or whole the weekend? If so, consider buying a day or weekend pass. It'll give you access to all our performances, screenings, discussions and reading events from just £35 per day, or £60 for the weekend. All passes and tickets for individual events are available from our telephone box office on 020 7692 8780.

We have a range of great benefits for Festival Members, Guardians, Patrons and Benefactors including priority booking, VIP seating, discounts on tickets and passes and event-naming privileges. Find out more here or email

Take a look at some more events freshly added to our line up. War horses, literary lights, dazzling poetry and alternative worlds: the full programme is yours to explore

The Waler:
Australia's Great War Horse

Using archival footage, re-enactment and contemporary interviews we join an epic journey from the Outback across the Indian Ocean, to the pyramids, Damascus and Gallipoli.

Through Michael Shanahan and his steed ‘Bill the Bastard’ and Guy Haydon on ‘Midnight’ we come to appreciate the the sacrifices made during the First World War and hear why these horses never came home.
11:30am–1:15pm, Sunday 31st May
£10 (£5) | More info...
Robert Adamson, Mooney Creek, NSW

Some Here Among Us:
The Journalist and the Fiction Writer

Peter Walker (NZ), acclaimed author and renowned former foreign editor at the Independent on Sunday discusses his work and the interplay between journalism and fiction.
1pm–2pm, Saturday 30th May
£10 / £8 (£7) 
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Image taken from the cover of The Best 100 Poems of Gwen Harwood (Penguin Australia, 2014)

Remembered Music: Celebrating Gwen Harwood

Gwen Harwood (1920-95), one of Australia’s pre-eminent twentieth century poets, is admired for her dazzling, sensuous musicality and uncompromising critical intelligence. She continues to find new readers at home and here in the UK.

To mark the twentieth anniversary of Harwood’s death we gather to celebrate her enduring legacy.

A.C. Grayling discusses the singular pleasures of Harwood’s poetry with The Australian’s poetry editor, Jaya Savige and others.

6.30pm–7.30pm, Friday 29th May
£10 / £8 (£7) | More info...

Alternative Worlds

We explore fantasy writing from New Zealand with two of the country’s most exciting writers.
Elizabeth Knox (NZ) is the author of ten novels, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Vintner's Luck and most recently The Dreamhunter DuetMortal FireWake.

Janina Matthewson (NZ) is the author of the critically acclaimed Of Things Gone Astray.
12pm–1pm, Sunday 31st May
£10/ £8 (£7) 
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Amnesia and Other Stories:
Peter Carey in conversation with Hermione Lee

Carey and Lee consider how Australia forfeited democracy, the concept of privacy as an inalienable right, and 'writing Australia' from New York.

A joint event with The Royal Society of Literature and Intelligent Life

7pm–8.30pm, Tuesday 19th May
Bloomsbury Theatre
£10 / £8 (£7 conc.) More info...

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