A sum up of New Zealand Festival Writers Week

Observations from the 2016 New Zealand Festival Writers Week

  • Cover for CreationEvery person I sat beside had a fit bit thingy instead of a watch.
  • Science sells - by far the biggest attendance at any of the sessions I went to was at Adam Rutherford (no relation). The person I sat beside there went to sleep immediately and stayed that way for the entire hour. Perhaps her fit bit was able to tell her if it was REM sleep or not.
  • Some sessions featured Sleater-Kinney T-shirts and Lea DeLaria haircuts, most did not.

Things some of the writers love

Good things some of the writers said

The power of a story teller is to build a shelter. (Cornelia Funke)

A geneticist is a 'gel jockey' and origin of life research is a fractious field full of people who hate each other (Adam Rutherford)

There is nothing better than a painful childhood for a creative life (Mariko Tamaki)

Things resisted

  • Joe Bennett resisted the impulse to bow down before C. K. Stead, the Poet Laureate, when they shared a lift.
  • I resisted the urge to ask Joe Bennett "How did it go Joe?" when passing him as he left his sold out session.

Recommendations

  • When you ask a question, care about the answer - not how clever you are being when you ask it.
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