Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, December 01, 2017
Auckland Writers Festival 15- 20 May 2018
AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL
15 - 20 May 2018
FIRST NAMES ANNOUNCED FOR OUR 2018 SCHOOLS
are excited to announce the following writers for the 2018 Schools
2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is
a prize-winning writer and illustrator as well as a political
cartoonist. His acclaimed children’s books have garnered major awards,
including the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013 and he has earned the
rare accolade of winning the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal three
times. Dame Anne Salmond is one of this country's leading historians and
public intellectuals, with a keen interest in inspiring all generations
of New Zealanders to think about our past, present and future as a
country, particularly in the areas of Maori-Pakeha relations,
conservation and the environment.
Children’s book author and illustrator Gavin Bishop (Ngāti
Mahuta (Tainui) and Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Awa) has won numerous national
and international awards for his work, as well as for his
illustrations. His latest book, Aotearoa:
The New Zealand Story, navigates a rich journey through
defining moments in our history. Poet, teacher and performer Selina Tusitala Marsh, who wrote and performed a poem for the Queen in 2016,
is New Zealand’s current Poet Laureate. She is strong advocate for
Pasifika poetry and literature. Marsh’s first book, Fast Talking PI won
the Best First Book Award for Poetry at the 2010 New Zealand Book
Awards and she has just published her third collection, Tightrope. Guardian Fiction Prize winner Alex Wheatlespent
most of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home and started writing
lyrics and performing as a DJ in his teen years. His early poetry
gained him the moniker of the Brixton Bard and he received an MBE for
services to Literature in 2008. Loads more names to be announced with the full programme
on 7 February. More information available here.
2018 OCKHAM NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS
books traversing the cultural, historic, artistic and social landscape
of Aotearoa New Zealand have made the longlist for the prestigious
Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, announced this week. Ten books are
longlisted in each of the four awards’ categories: fiction,
general non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction and poetry. Together, they
offer riches from both literary luminaries and our rising stars. Full details are available online.
what to read over summer? Look no further than these 40 fine books. Take the challenge and buy NZ books for Christmas! #NZBookChristmasChallenge Help support the industry and get behind NZ authors,
publishers and book shops this year.
LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS?
CONCESSION PASSES Concession Passes can be used by one person or shared
among friends or book clubs, and can be used for one session or
for multiple events (General Events only).
You will receive a special Christmas Concession Pass voucher and code
to be redeemed when tickets go on sale on 16 March. Save up to
TAKE 5 Concession Pass: $85
TAKE 10 Concession Pass $160
purchase, or for more information, please email.
UP A FRIEND AS A FRIEND An annual AWF Friend membership is $100 per person and
includes: an invitation to our March programme launch, priority booking
ahead of public ticket sales, access to a dedicated booking line with
no transaction fees, reserved seating at all ticketed events and
special offers and discounts all year round.
Numbers are limited, so don't miss out, further details available online.
JOIN THE 2018 FESTIVAL TEAM
volunteers are an essential part of each Festival’s success. While
there are no particular skills or work experience required for you to
become a volunteer, a love of literature and books is a good start. If
you see yourself as being enthusiastic, generous, reliable, friendly,
motivated, tactful and are available for 3 or more shifts (of 4-5
hours) then it’s a great way to get involved. This year's dates are Tue
15 - Sun 20 May, if you would like to be considered as a
volunteer, please email us and register your interest.
OFFERS FROM OUR FESTIVAL FRIENDS
is the best way to get a freshly baked cookie out of Granny’s cookie
jar? Find out what lengths the Taverton kids will go to for a
cookie in Holy Cookie Jar, the first short story in this special tenth
year storybook, written by the ten imaginative young winners of the Barfoot & Thompson Young
Authors Challenge. The book was edited by renowned
authors, Maria Gill and John Parker, and illustrated by kiwi icons
including Keven Mealamu, Otis Frizzell, and Kiri Nathan. Every
book you buy contributes to Starship Foundation and the Barfoot & Thompson Magic of Reading
programme, which puts a book into the hands of every child
who stays overnight in Starship Hospital or Whangarei Hospital
children’s ward. Order your copy here.
WIN TICKETS TO THE SECRET
Academy Award nominee and acclaimed writer-director Jim Sheridan
returns to Irish themes and settings with The Secret Scripture, a feature film
based on 2012 Festival guest Sebastian Barry’s Man Booker
Prize-winning novel and featuring a stellar international cast
featuring Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor, Theo James and
Eric Bana. Lady Rose is an elderly woman who has lived in a
hospital for over 50 years. Despite her bleak surroundings there is a
light in her eyes that cannot be extinguished. Dr. Stephen Grene is
drawn to her, compelled to discover her past and help gain her freedom.
Through Lady Rose’s ‘scripture’, a life of extraordinary love and great
injustice emerges, revealing a remarkable young woman of courage, whose
only crime was to fall in love. Set against a backdrop of troubled
times locally, and chaos internationally, we learn of her ultimate
triumph. We have 5 double passes to give away: email to
enter the draw by Thursday 7 December.
WIN TICKETS TO MOLLY'S GAME
Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly’s Game tells the thrilling
true story of Molly Bloom, the mastermind behind a poker empire whose
players included the rich, famous and most powerful men in America. In
a career-best performance, Chastain portrays Molly as she rises from
Olympic-hopeful athlete to running the world’s most exclusive poker
games in LA and New York. The deep pockets of Hollywood royalty, sports
stars and business titans give her a decade of glitzy, glamourous
success. But it all comes crashing down when the FBI come after her,
suspecting ties to the Russian mob. Academy Award winning writer Aaron
Sorkin (The West
Wing) delivers a quick-witted, fiery directorial debut
Game, taking us behind the headlines of Hollywood’s “poker
princess” to reveal a smart, talented young woman who gambled
everything, won big, then lost it all. We have 5 double passes to give away: email to
enter the draw by Thursday 7 December.
RELIVE THE FESTIVAL VIA PODCAST &
those who missed out on tickets for the December David Walliams event,
here is a flashback to his hilarious Auckland Writers Festival
appearance in 2015 on the release of Awful Auntie. View it now.
have loaded a selection of videos and podcasts to our Look, Listen & Learn page so you can enjoy the magic at home. Revisit
your favourite writer's sessions, or catch up on the events you missed.
There's something for everyone!
Podcasts are also available on itunes so you can download and listen on the go.