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Auckland Writers Festival program announced

The program for the 2021 Auckland Writers Festival, which runs from 11–16 May, has been announced.

In-person guests include fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and his partner, singer and author Amanda Palmer, who will appear at an evening session that ‘marks the first joint appearance in their newly adopted country’, as well as Behrouz Boochani, Garance Doré, Rick Gekoski, Catherine Chidgey, Pip Adam, mystery fiction co-authors Judy Melinek and T J Mitchell, and Australian writers Carrie Tiffany and Laura-Jean McKay.

Events with international guests Kazuo Ishiguro and Ai Weiwei are among the sessions that will be livestreamed, while workshop presenters, split between live and livestream, include Mary Karr, Carl Nixon, Kevin Barry, Eileen Merriman, Andrew O’Hagan, Michael Robotham and Shaun Tan.

Festival director Anne O’Brien said: ‘In the halls Sonya Renee Taylor, Caitlin Spice and David Cohen interrogate cancel culture; Jane Ussher and Dick Frizzell canvas art; Alice Te Punga Somerville, Claudia Orange, Brian Easton and Alan Duff reflect on NZ, Kyle Mewburn, Lil O’Brien and Charlotte Grimshaw on secrets and family, Rebecca Macfie on Helen Kelly, Sue Kedgley and Ngahuia te Awekotuku on feminism, Glenn Colquhoun and Linda Collins on youth in crisis, Anna Fifield on Asia, and Ghazaleh Golbakhsh on Iran.’

A schools program, which runs from 11–13 May at the Aotea Centre, features 20 writers and artists from New Zealand, Australia and the US including Bernard Beckett, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Brian Selznick, Angie Thomas, Matt Stanton and Jessica Townsend.

For more information and to see the full program, visit the festival’s website.


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