Once upon a deadline … inspiring words in Wellington

Sponsor logoSeven writers, seven laptops, seven mystery locations in  seven hours – that’s how the NZ Post Writers and Readers Week starts, with a session called Once Upon a Deadline. I had a chat with programme manager Laura Kroetsch to find out more about this full-on literary festival, which I’ll  covering on the blog this week.

I’ve been impressed with the approach the organisers take – it’s all about making the private activity of writing public. I’ll be heading along to the Once Upon A Deadline read-off tonight – it should be fantastic.

My schedule includes 17 sessions, with lots of superstar authors and big names on my interview wishlist – Simon Schama, Neil Gaiman, Audrey Niffenegger, Bill Manhire, Emily Perkins and more  – it promises to be a fascinating time. There are also sessions about ethics, 21st-century publishing and lots of creative non-fiction, with a dash of poetry to spice things up. Scientist Richard Dawkins will also get tongues a-wagging.

I’ll post daily so you can see what I’m up to, file reports from the different sessions, post audio and share images on our flickr photostream.

Please ask questions, comment and react to what you read – it’ll be great to have your company!

5 thoughts on “Once upon a deadline … inspiring words in Wellington

  1. Shirley 8 March 2010 / 4:23 pm

    So exciting! Can’t wait to hear more 🙂

  2. Richard 8 March 2010 / 4:33 pm

    The locations for the writers include: Wellington Airport (departures lounge cage), Wellington College, Te Papa Tongarewa, The Radio Network news room, Moore Wilson’s Fresh (next to the cheese fridge), Mojo Roasters Shed 13 and of course the Wellington Town Hall. First photos are appearing at http://flickr.com/photos/christchurchcitylibraries/

    • kauri girl 8 March 2010 / 5:04 pm

      wicked to hear about all the locations – what a great variety the organisers have come up with!

  3. Donna 8 March 2010 / 4:58 pm

    I’m picking something great will come from next to the cheese fridge … everyone knows that blue cheese gives you strange dreams!

  4. richard 8 March 2010 / 11:45 pm

    A real smorgasboard – all different, all compelling – a great start.

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