Unlike Mr Richard I have no typo-issues with the word Festival/Festical or even Auckland, only Christcrutch gives me gyp, so I leave with a spring in my step and say brin git on….
Festival highlights hopefully for me will include not cocking up interviews with Monica Ali and Kirsty Gunn, so if any of you out there want sensible questions asked, rather than my own unique brand of random interrogation, then this may be your last chance.
I’ve also been reading some interesting articles by and about Karachi based Mohammed Hanif, author of A case of exploding mangoes and am keen to hear about his writing, the political situation in Pakistan and his decision to relocate there after 12 years in London.
I’m leaving all the clever clogs science, economics and political authors to my clever clogs colleagues with one author exception, Richard Dawkins. Sadly we are not to be graced by Dawkins physical presence but are instead going to experience him “on the big screen”. Apparently this event is a first in New Zealand and I’ll be there to mock in an ignorant and offensive fashion if the technology stuffs up, huzzah!
With fourteen events and interviews I’m expecting to be even busier than …eh, Paris Hilton, so watch this space.