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AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL

11 - 16 MAY 2021

JOIN US FOR EPISODE SEVEN
SUNDAY 14 JUNE 9:00-10:00AM

MAGGIE O'FARRELL, ANTHONY BYRT, AN YU

Join the free event tomorrow morning via Facebook or YouTube as Maggie, Anthony and An chat live with host Paula Morris, read from their work and answer audience questions. 

Alternatively, catch up later as a 
video or podcast via our website, or on SoundCloud or iTunes


MAGGIE O'FARRELL (United Kingdom) Acclaimed Irish-British novelist Maggie O'Farrell's latest book Hamnet, is a recreation of the story of the death of Shakespeare's 11-year-old son. It is a Sunday Times bestseller and has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. 

​​​​​ANTHONY BYRT (Aotearoa New Zealand) Art critic Anthony Byrt's latest book, The Mirror Steamed Over, takes us back to London’s art scene in the late 50's and early 60's focussing on the artists Billy Apple, David Hockney and the writer Ann Quin. 

AN YU (China) An Yu's debut novel Braised Pork captures contemporary life in a dizzyingly changing China. The Guardian described it as “Poised between silliness and high seriousness, contrasting narrative wildness with cool prose, the novel ignores the conventional advice “tell a dream, lose a reader.” 


HOSTED BY: PAULA MORRIS (Aotearoa New Zealand) Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. She was the 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature.
 

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CATCH UP ON EARLIER EPISODES

Our first six episodes have featured: Booker Prize joint winner Bernardine Evaristo on Girl, Woman, Other, iconic American novelist and short story writer Richard Ford discussing latest collection Sorry for Your TroubleTime Next 100 honoree Chanel Miller with her moving memoir Know My Namebarrister and professor Philippe Sands on his new book The Ratline, Elizabeth Knox with her acclaimed epic novel The Absolute Book, Ockham fiction winner Becky Manawatu discussing Auē, former Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard with Economists At War, Lisa Taddeo on her non-fiction bestseller Three Women, , bestselling UK writer Robert Macfarlane with his latest book Underland: A Deep Time Journey, , actor and writer Barbara Ewing with her about-to-be-published memoir One Minute Crying Time, Olivia Hayfield on Wife After Wife a humorous modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII, English journalist Peter Stanford with latest book Angels: A Visible and Invisible Mystery, debut NZ author and intensive care nurse Amy McDaid with novel Fake Baby, English food writer and broadcaster Yasmin Khan on Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen, American short  story writer Deborah Eisenberg discussing her latest collection Your Duck is My Duck, writer and actor Wallace Shawn with essay collection Night Thoughts, debut author Caroline Barron with Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death and former NZ Poet Laureate Ian Wedde discussing The Reed Warbler.

If you missed these episodes, you can catch up as a video or a podcast on our website.
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