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.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Same But Different Book Festival
The Same Same but
Different writers festival offers something for everyone when it returns for
the third time on 9-10 February 2018 at AUT’s central city campus.
celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s LGBTQI+ writing talent as part of Auckland
The two-day February programme highlights
the breadth of LGBTQI+ writing talent including New Zealand’s brightest young
talent such as Cole Meyers and Courtney Sina Meredith to 88- year old theatre
writer Renée. This year’s international guest is Australian trans man Quinn
Eades, an acclaimed academic, author and poet.
The festival opens
on Friday evening, 9 February with the gala session ‘Great Moments’. The
line-up of festival founder Peter Wells, Hera Lindsay Bird, Marilyn Waring,
Chris Tse, Anton Blank and Mani Bruce Mitchell will pitch their lively,
controversial and intense stories of great moments.
Saturday 10 February range from Pasifika writers, theatre writers (including Snapchat-dude
Tom Sainsbury and Madeline Sami), an intersex documentary discussion to an
academic panel themed ‘queering the academy’.
In the closing gala
on Saturday evening, ‘It Gets Better’ with Jo Drayton, Courtney Sina Meredith,
Cole Meyers, Sam Orchard and Gina Cole, will tell stories of the winding roads
we walk to be ourselves.
The festival also includes two free
events, the ‘Poetry Speakeasy’ at Ley’s Institute Library Ponsonby on Wednesday
7February, and a ‘Queer Zine Workshop’ at the Auckland Central
Library on Friday 9February.