New Zealand writer Anna Mackenzie enthralled a packed room at the festival this morning. Her schools session was attended by an enthusiastic, engaged and attentive audience – who asked some fantastic questions.
You could tell they enjoyed it by the fact they all groaned when she said question time was up.
One fellow had been listening to talkback – he introduced his question by saying long-time reader, first-time question asker. Another quoted Shakespeare. One asked if the plants on stage were real, another how to handle criticism.
Mackenzie handled it all well and shared all the ins and outs and challenges of writing as a career. A great session, with a talented Kiwi author. The schools programme is very impressive, and the honest and enthusiasm of the presenters will impress these aspiring writers, and that can only mean good things for the future.
Mackenzie’s new book, Ebony hill, has just been released.