Okay, breathe deeply …

As a person who writes for a living, going to the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival is a dream assignment for me. There’s the chance for lots of interviews, catching up with legends like Bookman Beattie, and all the fun of the events themselves, and writing, writing all the time.

However, I have a gnawing fear – a fear born of tired fingers trying to go too fast. You see, I often mis-type festival as “festical”. I don’t know what a festical is, but I hope I don’t get kicked there anytime soon. I try to take a deep breath before I type the word, slow down and avoid the howler… but you never know.

The other reason I’m taking a deep breath is the scope of this year’s event. It’s billed as: Politics. Fiction. Economics. Science. Current Affairs. Find out what an Earth is going on. There are some compelling sessions, with authors who write a broad range material – from detailed comment and analysis, to short stories and poetry.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Stefan Aust. He’s a former editor of Der Spiegel, who’s spent most of his working life covering the world of espionage and terrorism. His book, The Baader-Meinhof complex, has been hard to put down, and has recently been made into a movie.

New Yorker financial columnist and author James Surowiecki and Australian author Christos Tsiolkas also look like intersting fare, and Richard Dawkins will no doubt stir the grey matter up. Then there’s all the fantastic Kiwi writers …

What a line-up – this festival is going to be very memorable! Please send your comments and questions in as we go – we’d love to hear from you. And on that note, what’s your favourite howler typo?

7 thoughts on “Okay, breathe deeply …

  1. Helen 12 May 2009 / 1:52 pm

    A friend once wished me a “well deserted creak”. After a deal of thought and much laughter, I translated this into a “well deserved break”. Enjoy the festical Richard – to me it sounds festive and hysterical.

  2. richard 12 May 2009 / 4:39 pm

    Nice! We’ll be sure to have a blast.

  3. clurbee 12 May 2009 / 10:06 pm

    I find it most embarrassing when I can’t even type my own name correctly – it often comes out as Clarie.

    On a slightly different note, is it me, or does the whole festival website have a similar look and feel to an election campaign?

  4. Mo-mo 13 May 2009 / 12:08 pm

    As you know Richard, I am also guilty of mala-typisms. Recently “indicidual” made me think of someone I know who has difficulty making up his mind.

  5. Simone 13 May 2009 / 5:31 pm

    I frequently type hvae, teh and my favourite gudies. My some of my fingers are faster than others.

  6. Marion 14 May 2009 / 11:29 am

    Have a great time. Not sure about my typos but remember hostible from childhood. Have just seen photo of Auckland Town Hall which is all lit up by a Mike Mizrahi display until Saturday. Would love to hear your comments on it.
    Looking forward to hearing about Stephan Aust – I think I heard him interviewed on the radio on Sunday – if so he sounded very Germanically earnest and serious but perhaps he writes better.

  7. richard 14 May 2009 / 3:29 pm

    Aust has spent his whole life covering the Baader Meinhoff story – it will be intense conversation I think! He is also a keen horseman, so perhaps he will tell us what else he might be doing in New Zealand while he is here.

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