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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“Herstory” in history – Barbara Brookes at Auckland Writers Festival 2016

Three of my favourite things came together at the festival this morning: art, books and networking! Barbara Brookes was giving a presentation on her beautiful book A History of New Zealand Women at the Auckland Art Gallery and I had a message for her. When I booked a taxi from my home to the airport…
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