A large crowd enjoyed a wide range of styles and authors at the opening night of the Auckland Writers and Readers festival. It really is amazing to see the support the festival gets from the public and the sponsors in Auckland. A large part of this success is Jill Rawnsley, the festival director. She got the hugest bunch of flowers I have ever seen presented to her on stage last night as a thanks for her work, and it was announced that she is leaving the festival. She will leave some big shoes to fill 😉
You can listen Richard, Robyn, Moata and Joyce’s impressions of the opening night in this seven-minute recording below, and see the latest photos on the library flickr.
The team have a busy schedule today:
- Richard is interviewing Stefan Aust about the Baader-Meinhoff terrorist group, meeting Christos Tsiolkas and catching up with Eleanor Catton;
- Robyn is looking forward to readings with M. T. Anderson, Mal Peet and Kate De Goldi as well as David Malouf, and Wekas and Queen Cakes;
- Moata is starting her day interviewing Marcus Chown, astrophysicist, enjoying time with the engaging and articulate Ranginui Walker, before a secret adventure… and
- Joyce takes on Monica Ali, Marcus Chown and Richard Dawkins. Unfortunately the Kirtsy Gunn session has been cancelled due to a breavement.
A busy day of work and play – please send us your comments and questions, we’d love to hear from you.