The 23rd annual Going West Books & Writers Weekend:
Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September.
Saturday 15 September
Prolific writer and national treasure Dame Fiona Kidman has often written about outsiders trying to navigate a conformist society. Her latest novel, This Mortal Boy, mines this same rich vein. Fiona will discuss the story’s moment in New Zealand social history with Karyn Hay.
The 2017 Sir James Wallace Master of Creative Writing Prize winner Amy McDaid will read from her prize-winning manuscript.
Does a city a writer make? Three visiting Wellington poets – Chris Tse, Helen Heath and Anna Jackson – explore what it’s like to live, work and write in the windy city with Paula Green.
Traversing both geography and family relationships, recent novels by Kate Duignan and Rajorshi Chakraborti share common threads. They are joined in conversation by Siobhan Harvey.
Lizzie Marvelly, Dame Fiona Kidman, Sandra Coney and Golriz Ghahraman together in conversation with Carol Hirschfeld.
In her book The Infinite Game, psychology professor and activist Niki Harré asks us to imagine our world anew. Joined on stage by Laila Harré, Niki’s session will be provocative and interactive.
In our ever more connected world, loneliness is on the rise and people in the developed world crave a sense of belonging that so often eludes them. Jenny Robin Jones, author of Not for Ourselves Alone, converses about loneliness with journalist and reviewer Catherine Woulfe.
Russell Brown returns with a panel of special guests including Toby Manhire and Madeleine Chapman in a provocative discussion on where the digital word is taking us.
Interviewer Steve Braunias talks with C.K. Stead and Charlotte Grimshaw about their recent works, their writing lives, and what it means to be part of a literary family.
Going West is honoured to partner with Auckland University Press to host the launch of a new collection of poetry from C.K. Stead, That Derrida Whom I Derided Died: Poems 2013-2017.
Sunday 16 September
Conservation pioneer Debbie Stewart will be joined in conversation by friend, fellow falconer and journalist Rachel Stewart.
Freshly-minted novelists Annaleese Jochems and Dominic Hoey, and recently published poet Michael Steven, join interviewer Sonya Wilson to tell tales of their first time and the highs and lows of putting their words out into the world.
Paula Morris is joined by essay collection editors Susanna Andrew and Simon Wilson, and essayist and economist Shamubeel Eaqub to discuss creative nonfiction and investigative journalism.
As we incorporate artificial intelligence, automation and robotics into our lives and even our bodies, we continue to wrestle with what it all means for us as humans. Helen Heath and Dr Jo Cribb are joined by Vincent Heeringa to discuss these issues.
Peter Wells is joined in conversation by Stephanie Johnson as they trace the journey to Dear Oliver and the striking view it gives of the history of Pākehā New Zealanders.
Scotty and Stacey Morrison’s best-selling language books have been an easy and accessible entry point to te reo Māori for many. Guyon Espiner leads them in a discussion on their books, the resurgence of te reo learning, and the language pioneers who went before.
Gavin Bishop in conversation with Bridget Mahy to illuminate the kind of New Zealand Gavin has hoped to capture for young and old readers alike in his beautiful book Aotearoa, The New Zealand Story.