The 14th to the 18th of May will be a busy time for readers and writers in Auckland, as the 2014 Auckland Writers Festival presents it’s outstanding line-up of some of the world’s best storytellers.
Calling this year’s festival a “celebration of stories and a celebration of substance”, organiser Anne O’Brien took guests at Tuesday night’s Festival launch through the highlights of an action-packed 5 day festival, which will feature more than 100 events presented by 150 speakers, including writers, poets, journalists, historians, scientists, actors, musicians and filmmakers from all corners of the world.
Literary legend and Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker is just one of the eminent writers who will be presenting during the Festival. Other international big names include: Scottish author, Irving Welsh; A.M. Homes, winner of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize); best-selling “No 1 Ladies Detective Agency” novelist, Alexander McCall Smith; and American novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson.
Headlining the New Zealand writers is 2013 Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, who will be in conversation with John Campbell to talk about storytelling and international success. Other New Zealand writers include our other Man Booker Prize winner, Keri Hulme, Wellington writer Llyod Jones, New Zealand’s “chick-lit queen” Sarah-Kate Lynch, and Patricia Grace, who is this year’s “honoured New Zealand writer.”
This year’s festival has something for everyone, as, apart from the literary talks, there is a wide range of other events, including the “Cut and Paste Digital Art Live exhibition,” special musical and theatrical performance events, an Italian lunch with Nicky Pellegrino, and a family day programme for children.
To check out the entire programme and to book your tickets go to writersfestival.co.nz.