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Books & Writers Weekend


7.00pm            Mihi / Welcome

7.20pm            The Curnow Reader: Emma Neale

7.40pm            The Sir Graeme Douglas Orator: Maualaivao Albert Wendt

8.15pm            Performance: Michèle A’Court, Stuff I Forgot to Tell My Daughter

9.15pm            Supper / Bar Open

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8.30am            Coffee/ tea

8.55am            Telling our tales

Malcolm Paterson shares the tale of underground volcanic pathways, one thread in the rich tapestry of stories of Tāmaki Makaurau.

9.15am            Stories of life and death

Dr David Galler shares insightful, human stories from a physician’s viewpoint with Glenn Colqhoun, following tangents on life, death, medicine and writing.

10.30am          Morning tea

11.00am          From the mouth of the river

Dr Marama Muru-Lanning and Dr Mike Joy explore the place of the river in New Zealand’s cultural, ecological, and political landscape, in conversation with James Littlewood.

12.00pm          Taking flight

What happens when trauma transforms our children? Emma Neale offers up a lyrical exploration of parenthood that is both funny and disarmingly frank. She’ll discuss her new novel with writer Siobhan Harvey.

12.45pm          Lunch

1.30pm            A brush with the Bard

Book creator Donovan Bixley presents his riotous illustrated celebration of Shakespeare, a book 10 years in the making and now an international success.

2.15pm            Contemporary chronicles

Damien Wilkins and Sue Orr in conversation on writing, teaching and Damien’s Dad Art, a vibrant novel about the capacity for surprise and renewal.

3.00pm            Afternoon tea

3.30pm            Giving art its voice

Writer Anthony Byrt and artist Judy Millar join Andrew Clifford to explore the experience of writing about art from the viewpoint of both the critic and the creator.

4.15pm           How to commit an art crime

Penelope Jackson discusses New Zealand’s most scandalous art crimes of the last 100 years, and her own fascination with the subject, with fellow art historian Dr Robin Woodward.

8.00pm            Poetry slam

7.30pm registration for an 8pm start. Twelve finalists give it their best shot in the grand slam final.

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8.45am            Coffee/ tea

9.15am            New voices

Renee Liang introduces readings by four migrant women writers from the new Kiwi women write workshops: gloria poupard-walbridge, Himali mcinnes, Katerina patitsas and Amèlia Homs ferrer.

10.00am          Reckoning with women

Barbara Brookes shares the story behind her ground-breaking A History of New Zealand Women with Judith Pringle, looking at the shaping of New Zealand through a female lens.

10.45am          Morning tea

11.15am          In small places…

In conversation with Paula Green, Sue Orr and Helen Margaret Waaka look beneath the surface of small town and rural New Zealand, exploring the deep vein of stories buried there.

12.00pm         The future is unwritten

With seismic shifts altering our journalistic landscape, Giovanni Tiso, Simon Wilson, Paula Penfold and Sara Vui-Talitu debate how the media is taking shape in Aotearoa.

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            Navigating the in-between

Poets Serie Barford and Gregory Kan read from their recent work and, with fellow writer Robert Sullivan, take a journey to explore the meaning of place and identity.

2.45pm            Sounds from the South

Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd joins lifelong music fan John Campbell to share his memories of the label’s early days and the spirit of adventure and independence that took its sound to the world.

3.45pm            A crafty brew

Food and wine connoisseur Jules van Cruysen is joined by the multi- dimensional Te Radar for a live craft beer experience, complete with audience tastings and ratings and a celebratory toast to going west.

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