Seven 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!