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AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL

11 - 16 MAY 2021

OUR FINAL EPISODE!
LIVE 9AM SUNDAY 26 JULY

Our final episode is an extra-special four guest line-up featuring prize-winning writer and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, Ann Patchett with her latest The Dutch House, travel writer and one of Britain’s finest wordsmiths, Colin Thubron on Shadow of the Silk Road, acclaimed Irish-British novelist Maggie O'Farrell with historical fiction Hamnet and New Zealand's Rose Lu with essay collection All Who Live On IslandsThey chat live with host Paula Morris, read from their work and answer audience questions.

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And if you sleep in - you can catch up on this episode, and the full 13-week series on our website.

ANN PATCHETT (United States) Beloved American author Ann Patchett has written three non-fiction titles and seven novels, including the Orange-Prize winning Bel Canto and her latest The Dutch House. She is the co-founder of indie bookstore Parnassus Books and in 2012 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

COLIN THUBRON (England) Travel writer Colin Thubron is considered one of Britain’s finest wordsmiths and was ranked by The Times as one of the 50 greatest post-war British writers. Colin has written 15 travel books, largely focussed on Russia, Central Asia and China, including Mirror to Damascus, Shadow of the Silk Road, and To A Mountain in Tibet. He is also an accomplished novelist.

MAGGIE O'FARRELL
(Ireland /Scotland) Acclaimed Irish-British novelist Maggie O’Farrell has won numerous awards for her books including the Betty Trask, the Somerset Maugham and the Costa Book Awards. Her latest novel Hamnet, a recreation of the story of the death of Shakespeare's 11-year-old son, has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her memoir I am, I am, I am reached number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list. 

ROSE LU (Aotearoa New Zealand) Rose Lu has a master’s in creative writing from Victoria University of Wellington, winning her year’s creative non-fiction prize. Her work has been published in Sport, Pantograph Punch, Turbine Kapohau, and Mimicry and she has recently published the essay collection All Who Live on Islands.


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.

Watch the live event from 9am Sunday on Facebook or YouTube
Or catch up later on this episode, and the full series as a video or podcast on our website

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH
SERIES HOST PAULA MORRIS

Our host Paula Morris has welcomed us into her home every Sunday, along with 40 writers zooming in from all over the world. Paula shares her highlights from the 13 week series. Read the article

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT & BUY THE BOOKS

This series provides an opportunity to champion books and writers from our cancelled May Festival. We encourage you to buy featured books directly from our partner bookshop, and please continue to support NZ writers, publishers and booksellers in these tough times.
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CATCH UP ON EARLIER EPISODES

Our 12 episodes to date have featured: English master storyteller Neil Gaiman with his latest The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, diplomat and war correspondent Samantha Power with The Education of an Idealist, legal and behavioral economics scholar Cass Sunstein discussing How Change Happens, former NZ Poet Laureate, performer and teacher Selina Tusitala Marsh with Mophead, 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, American 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, award-winning English novelist Patrick Gale on Take Nothing With You, Austrian terrorism and extremism researcher and author Julia Ebner discussing Going dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists, our inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate Michele Leggott with Mezzaluna, art critic Anthony Byrt on The Mirror Steamed Over, Helon Habilaconsidered one of Africa’s finest literary voices, with his latest novel Travellers, Chinese debut writer An Yu with Braised Pork, actor and writer Barbara Ewing with memoir One Minute Crying Time, author and curator Kolokesa U Māhina-Tuai discussing Crafting Aotearoa, Canadian writer and artist Leanne Shapton with Guestbook: Ghost Stories, Olivia Hayfield on Wife 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, intensive care nurse Amy McDaid with debut novel Fake Baby, playwright, novelist, poet, memoirist, Renée on The Wild Card, Canadian First Nations poet and novelist, Joshua Whitehead with Jonny Appleseed, writer and musician Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly. performing from Pōneke, 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, Philippa Swan talks secrets and Edith Wharton in The Night of All Souls, Freya Daly Sadgrove discusses her poetry collection Head Girl, 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.
If you would like further suggestions for your reading list from the 2020 Auckland Writers Festival programme, drop us a line and we will pop a copy in the post. 
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