The 24th annual Going West Books & Writers Festival
Friday 6 September
The Bellbirds consists of four of Auckland's best and most loved voices and extraordinary songsmiths: Sandy Mill, Victoria Kelly, Don McGlashan and Sean Donnelly (AKA SJD).
The keynote address of our opening night is named in honour of the late Sir Graeme Douglas, a long-time supporter of the Going West Festival, and whose family and estate continue that tradition in 2019.
Saturday 7 September
In Wild Honey, poet and anthologist Paula Green surveys New Zealand’s women poets, from the first published to the most recent bright lights. In conversation with poets Kiri Piahana-Wong and Anne Kennedy.
Recent novels from writers Rosetta Allan and Craig Cliff travel through very different landscapes, but take their characters and readers on physical and emotional journeys. In conversation with Caroline Barron.
Sunday 8 September
Just how do books get from the mind of the writer all the way to the eyes of the reader? This is the story of stories. Going West has invited three prominent and diverse book publishers Harriet Allan, Bridget Williams and Peter Dowling, to share their insights, experiences and anecdotes.
Owen Gill examines the changes we need to make to accommodate two million Aucklanders, photographer Patrick Reynolds has documented the city’s architecture and Malcolm Paterson has delved into the historical stories of Tāmaki Makaurau and Kaipara. They will join in a conversation about how we might become a place that is better at telling its stories.
Auckland Museum invited five writers to explore the Museum’s documentary heritage collection. With Dina Jezdic in the chair join Saraid de Silva Cameron, Mohamed Hassan, Louise Tu’u, To’asavili Tuputala, and Lucy Zee in discussion.
Hot on the heels of the launch of A Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley, we’re thrilled to have Elspeth Sandys on stage with journalist Matt Nippert, talking about the man, his life, and what he means now to New Zealand, and the country he called home - China.
In Death and Dying in New Zealand, essayists Dr Kiri Edge, David Slack and Vana Manasiadis explore the ways we talk about 21st century death and dying in Aotearoa in conversation with publisher Emma Johnson.
Further Writers Sessions
A special after-hours gallery event at Te Uru, with Peter Simpson interviewed by Wallace Chapman against the backdrop of Colin McCahon’s epic painting, GATE III.
In association with Titirangi Library, Going West present a series of readings by Apirana Taylor and Paula Green and the launch of Cutting Through, an anthology of writing by the Green Bay Writers, Titirangi Poets and Waitakere Writers.