Opening night wrap-up

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.

8 thoughts on “Opening night wrap-up

  1. Michael A 15 May 2009 / 11:20 am

    Sounds great – I’m looking forward to hearing about the Richard Dawkins session

  2. mj 15 May 2009 / 1:43 pm

    Cool, secret adventure! Can’t wait to hear about it.

    Also looking forward to hearing about the authors that Robyn is meeting – esp. M T Anderson and Mal Peet.

  3. richard 15 May 2009 / 7:04 pm

    I went to the Mal Peet and Tobin Anderson session and it was highly entertaining, and there were several young people there who asked some good questions. Kate De Goldi was excellent as chair. More later, we’ve got some writing to do and then we’re off to Richard Dawkins this evening.

  4. Tulip 15 May 2009 / 10:37 pm

    I’d just like to say congrats Moata for winning BLOGGER OF THE YEAR – Qantas Media Awards 2009. You rock.

  5. richard 16 May 2009 / 1:00 am

    A massive achievement to be thoroughly celebrated. It takes considerable determination and effort to produce consistent quality and create a unique style – Moata makes it look completely effortless.

  6. Mo-mo 16 May 2009 / 10:05 am

    I now feel, as an award winner, burdened to write something witty but instead I will just say “thanks!”

  7. Donna 16 May 2009 / 11:43 am

    Congratulations Moata, you are official Queen of All Blogs. A brilliant achievement!

  8. joyciescotland 19 May 2009 / 8:00 pm

    Yup Mo it wasn’t the flashest physical award but you should revel in the glory, you awesome blogger ya!

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