Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
NZ Festival announces distinguished Writers Week line-up to mark 30th anniversary
Some of the world’s most esteemed writers and thinkers
will gather in Wellington across 8-13 March 2016 for the 30th
anniversary of New Zealand Festival’s Writers Week. Launching the 2016 Writers
Week at Wellington’s Unity Books on 28 January,
Programme Manager Kathryn Carmody added remarkable Israeli writer Etgar
Keret to a diverse line-up of
scientists, poets, novelists, historians, journalists, which includes arguably
the world’s most famous atheist, scientist Richard Dawkins,
the brilliant neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, new guard feminist Mallory
Ortberg, award-winning journalists Simon Winchester and Andrew
O’Hagan, and the wonderfully unique writer and performer Miranda July.
said the Festival is pleased to be hosting some of the smartest and most
entertaining authors and scholars from Aotearoa and around the world at New
Zealand’s premier literary event. “This year’s Writers Week programme
theme is “rapprochement”, which speaks to the idea of reconciliation in its
broadest sense. There’s someone for everyone; from
intrepid marathon runner Christopher McDougall to US National Poetry
Slam Champion Anis Mojgani; from popular scientist Adam Rutherford
to science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor; from the inimitable fantasy
author Jasper Fforde to theprolific fiction writer Patrick
Robert Dessaix will talk about Enid Blyton’s lasting
influence, and young adult writers Cornelia Funke and Sally
Gardner will explore the YA genre in conversation with Ted Dawe and
Mandy Hager. Sessions including the multi genre artist Mariko Tamaki
will also be a highlight of the festival.
to home, the distinguished New Zealand line-up includes Man Booker longlisted
author of The Chimes, Anna Smaill, theologian and bicycle
enthusiast Lloyd Geering, poet Courtney Sina Meredith and Joy
Cowley who, at 80, will reflect on a lifetime of writing. A Circle of
Laureates will bring current NZ Poet Laureate CK Stead and previous
laureates together for an evening of poetry, while Dr Philip Temple will
present the Janet Frame Memorial Lecture on the theme of WhereWe
Were; Where We Are Now.
the Bookmark Pass, Take Five Pass and the new Friday off Work
Pass available, Kathryn urges literary enthusiasts to get hold of the
Writers Week programme immediately and start planning an itinerary for what is
sure to be an extraordinary week.
festivals are wonderful occasions for book lovers and authors alike. They
enrich the often solitary experiences of reading and writing by bringing
readers and writers together in community spaces where broader discussion can
be explored. This event only comes around every two years, so check out the
programme and take advantage of a rare opportunity to indulge. I can promise
hours of truly stimulating conversations,” Kathryn said.