Six of the best – Ian Rankin, Anne Enright, and more top writers coming to Christchurch!

WORD Christchurch has joined forces with the Auckland Writers Festival to bring amazing authors to Christchurch in May. The WORD Autumn Season, which runs from 14 to 17 May, features: Bestselling Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin; Man Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist Anne Enright; Highly-respected British historian and biographer A. N. Wilson, author of The Victorians…
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Petina Gappah on the elusive nature of writers’ satisfaction – at Auckland Writers Festival

"Thank you for coming today, when you should all be in church. You will all go to hell." This is how Petina Gappah charms the audience at Auckland Writers Festival right at the start of her Sunday session. And than she just keeps the jokes coming. This Zimbabwean born author has, until recently, had an impressive career…
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Tusiata Avia and Maxine Beneba Clarke on friendship and reading beyond the colour – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Do you remember the excitement of finding a true friend in high school days? When you were lost but then found yourself by finding a friend? When you realized there is someone else out there, who likes the same weird books as you do, listens to the same music and shares the same humour and passion for…
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Another country? Mainlanders discussing ourselves – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

I am bordering on late when I arrive at a packed out Upper NZI Room at the Aotea Centre for a session that, as a South Islander, I feel duty-bound to attend. I'm pointed in the direction of of a clutch of empty seats near the back by one of the friendly festival ushers/helpers. This session…
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Jeanette Winterson: The gap of time – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Two thousand people are waiting for the start of Jeanette Winterson's The Gap of Time event on Sunday morning at Auckland Writers Festival. Suddenly the theatre is plunged into darkness and Cyndi Lauper's voice rings out with Time after Time. Then the lights come up, and all alone in the centre of the stage is…
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Jean-Christophe Rufin: Walking your way to happiness – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Two thousand people packed the ASB theatre at the Auckland Writers Festival on Sunday to hear Jean-Christophe Rufin (co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and former French Ambassador to Senegal) talk about walking. He loped on stage - tall, slim and packed to the gills with a kind of laconic Gallic charm. They are rare these…
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