Wednesday @ the festival: Delights, debate and more

After an early start and a landing at Auckland Airport that was a little like being on the inside of a giant caterpillar, the team has had its first chance to savour the literary offerings at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

Bronwyn enjoyed High Tea, Roberta went to a schools session with Des Hunt, Marion explored local book offerings, and Richard interviewed Charlie Dark and Te Radar.

We also attended the TVNZ7 Good Word debate, filmed live at St Matthew in the City. Where, according to host Te Radar,  ‘literary warriors unsheath swords of verbosity’. The moot? Off the shelf and into the hard drive: the book is dead.  Finlay Macdonald, Gordon McLauchlan and Jennifer Ward Lealand argued the affirmative, while Emily Perkins, Steve Braunias, and Bill Hastings took the negative. The teams got stuck into the topic and hammered it out – the book lovers eventually coming out on top by audience vote. The debate will screen on TVNZ 7 in October.

Today the festival has a full day of programming followed by the official opening gala.

5 thoughts on “Wednesday @ the festival: Delights, debate and more

  1. Michael A 13 May 2010 / 11:20 am

    Loving the blog and the audio. Roberta and Bronwyn lovestruck? Who would have thought?

    • bronnypop 13 May 2010 / 2:30 pm

      Well, I am apparently cougar-aged, although not single, so perhaps I am a little stereotypical. And it makes a change from my slavish adoration of Neil Gaiman and Robert Downey Jr. At least Te Radar is in the same country!

  2. Jane keenan 13 May 2010 / 1:30 pm

    I have festival envy.

    • Mo-mo 13 May 2010 / 3:12 pm

      Is there some kind of cream for that? Because I’ve got it too. A very bad case of it.

      • bronnypop 13 May 2010 / 4:49 pm

        Sorry, ladies. I’d love to lie and tell you it’s awful, but it truly isn’t. Even tho I’m already sleep- and food- deprived, and faintly beginning to see the imprint of the hotel walls on my inner eyelids, it’s all brilliant.

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