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AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL

11 - 16 MAY 2021

JOIN US FOR EPISODE SEVEN
SUNDAY 21 JUNE 9:00-10:00AM

HELON HABILA, PHILIPPA SWAN, FREYA DALY SADGROVE

Join the free event this morning via Facebook or YouTube as Helon, Philippa and Freya 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


HELON HABILA Nigerian US-based journalist, poet, and author Helon Habila is considered one of Africa’s finest literary voices. He writes about identity, exile and the many kinds of travellers now crisscrossing Africa and Europe. Habila’s fourth, novel Travellers has it all, reviews The Guardian, “intelligence, tragedy, poetry, love, intimacy, compassion, and a serious, soulful, arms-wide engagement with one of the most acute concerns of our age – the refugee crisis”. Habila has won numerous awards including the Caine Prize, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Windham-Campbell Literature Prize.

PHILIPPA SWAN Philippa Swan’s time-travelling novel The Night of All Souls blends a contemporary tale with the secrets of the Pulitzer-prizewinner Edith Wharton.So Swan trained as a landscape architect and wrote the critically acclaimed non-fiction book, Life (and DeathIn A Small City Garden. She is a freelance writer for NZ Gardener and Cuisine, and has won awards for her short-stories.

FREYA DALY SADGROVE Writer, performer and theatre maker Freya Daly Sadgrove recently published her first poetry collection, Head Girl. Her work is described as profoundly funny, surprising and moving, and ruthless in its interrogation of human behaviour. She has a Master's in Poetry from Victoria University of Wellington, and her work has appeared in various publications in Aotearoa, Australia and the US.

HOSTED BY: PAULA MORRIS  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 seven episodes have featured: iconic American novelist and short story writer Richard Ford discussing latest collection Sorry for Your Trouble, Booker Prize joint winner Bernardine Evaristo on Girl, Woman, Other, barrister and professor Philippe Sands on his new book The Ratline, Elizabeth Knox with her acclaimed epic novel The Absolute Book, former Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard with Economists At War, Lisa Taddeo on her non-fiction bestseller Three Women, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards fiction winner Becky Manawatu discussing Auē, bestselling UK writer Robert Macfarlane with his latest book Underland: A Deep Time Journey, Time Next 100 honoree Chanel Miller with her moving memoir Know My Name,  art critic Anthony Byrt on The Mirror Steamed Over, Chinese debut writer An Yu with Braised Pork, actor and writer Barbara Ewing with her memoir One Minute Crying Time, Olivia Hayfield oWife After Wife a humorous modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII, philanthropist and collector Christine Fernhough discusses Mid-Century Living: The Butterfly House Collection, 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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