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.

The festival celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s LGBTQI+ writing talent as part of Auckland Pride 2018.

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.

Sessions on 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 7 February, and a ‘Queer Zine Workshop’ at the Auckland Central Library on Friday 9 February.

he festival is open to everyone. Programmes are available at The Women’s Bookshop, Unity Books and some Auckland libraries. Tickets for individual sessions or a full festival pass are available now at

 For more information and full session details visit the Facebook page:

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