The 21st Going West Books and Writers Festival marks a new era, with new creative directors and a packed programme of events proudly featuring home-grown authors, playwrights and songwriters in venues across West Auckland this September.
The Snapper Sandwich - the story of filmmaker and musician Tony Burt – will screen at Lopdell House, Titirangi on 7 September. Combining live narrative, music performance, and film, this documentary, told in chapters, follows Burt’s journey from Aboriginal communities of far north Australia, to campers who unite to save the serenity at Urenui Domain and to protests on the streets of Wellington.
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery’s Learning Centre will hold an Indie Book Fair: a thriving showcase of zines, handmade books and limited-edition publications on Sunday 11 September; Henderson’s Corban Estate features Word Up on 11 September: an exciting, word-based performance competition which gives 13-20-year-olds the opportunity to present their original work in any word-based genre from rap, poetry, spoken word, music or stand-up comedy.
Strawbridge and Easterbrook say that the festival embraces all forms writing.
“The Going West Festival celebrates writers in all their guises – song writers, novelists, film makers, historians, comedians, playwrights, poets and more.
“It’s a festival by writers for those who love to see, hear, read and experience the word.”