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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Making literary fiction exciting: Michel Faber – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Michel Faber's novels defy easy categorisation. He has written in genres as varied as historical fiction (his novel The crimson petal and the white, is set in Victorian London), horror, and science fiction. Born in the Netherlands, Faber's family moved to Australia when he was 7 years old, and he describes himself as something of…
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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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Marlon James – the author who just comes in and is cool – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

When asked about how does it feel writing a new book, Marlon James does not hide the dread of writing vocation: "It's like a childbirth. You think, how the hell did I end up here again! Was it not bad enough the last time?" Last years Man Booker Prize winner is a guest of this…
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Tell it slant – Steve Braunias, Joan Fleming, Vivian Gornick and Chris Price at the Auckland Writers Festival 2016

How best to tell one’s truth? Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s “tell all the truth but tell it slant”, deft writers Steve Braunias (NZ), Joan Fleming (NZ), Vivian Gornick (US), and Chris Price (NZ) read extracts from their work to show us the many and varied ways in which this can be done. Steve Braunias is…
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The authenticity and secret obsessions of John Boyne – Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Did you know that John Boyne is obsessed with stationery? And that Ireland has such remarkable literary tradition because of Guinness? No, me neither. But it is all true. It wasn't only me who heard it, there was probably 200 other souls at John's second session of the day. The first one was sold out…
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