Festival Quick Fix: Saturday

As the weekend rolls in, the Festival rolls out all the big names in their own sessions – including J.M. Coetzee, Simon Montefiore (read our exclusive new interview), Anne Enright, Mo Hayder, Michael Pollan, John Gray, and Hermione Lee. See the programme for more details.

After a hectic Friday, you can hear the team review the day’s events in our Daily Festival Wrap – Friday. Our own Richard, Joyce, Donna and Philip are joined in conversation by special guests Brit writers/poets John Burnside, Sarah Hall and Jacob Polley, who share their thoughts on the festival and Auckland itself. Duration 7 mins 30 secs. Listen on our Festival page, or right here.

On the ground in Auckland, the library team have their eyes on a few events in particular today:

  • An hour with J.M. Coetzee. The Nobel winner will be reading from, and talking about his work, but won’t be answering questions as our team mentioned in their Daily Festival Wrap – Thursday. Read our profile of him.
  • Tessa Duder launches her new book Is she still alive. Our own Richard caught up with Duder at the festival, and you can read his interview with her. “I think this book fits quite nicely into the idea of crone-lit,” she says.
  • The Michael King Memorial Lecture: An hour with Hermione Lee, biographer of Virgina Woolf, Willa Cather, and most recently, Edith Wharton. Our profile of Lee.
  • Running throughout the day is Open Mike, giving budding poets attending the festival the chance to recite their work alongside James Brown, Alison Wong, John Burnside, Ryan Knighton, and Karlo Mila.

Keep sending your comments through, including questions you’d like us to ask at the festival, and you can find all our author profiles, interviews and audio wraps on our Festival page.

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