Friday @ the festival: Talent, tenderness and an artistic street fight

Perhaps one of the team’s busiest days yet at the festival! The wrap up has all the details:

  • Talented Australian literary editor Ben Naparstek’s post-modern style session where interviewer Guy Somerset interviewed the interviewer (Naparstek) who read a portion of an interview – about interviewing;
  • Marion’s time with Thomas Keneally, Sarah Thornton and Colm Toibin;
  • Roberta’s chat with Lionel Shriver – followed by her attempt to get William Dalrymple to stay still long enough to answer a question – as well as an hour with the tender style of an enchanting Alison Wong;
  • Bronwyn and Richard witnessed a spirited street-fight art-world style with Denis Dutton, John Carey and Sarah Thornton.

Please leave your comments on any of the posts – we’d love to hear from you. Saturday is another full day of programming, with some heavyweights on the card – CK Stead, Dick Frizzell, Chris Laidlaw sharing his view of modern rugby, and a stellar line up of poets. It’s all on!

7 thoughts on “Friday @ the festival: Talent, tenderness and an artistic street fight

  1. Allison 15 May 2010 / 2:18 am

    Oh, Roberta! I just love listening to these podcasts. And I was so touched by your reference to cup cakes!

    I’m fascinated by the glimpses I’ve had of your Shriver interview. I wonder whether she does metal work. As she was speaking I wondered how much of herself she’d put into the character of Glynis.

    Looking forward to hearing more about William Dalrymple.

    • Roberta Smith 15 May 2010 / 7:59 am

      A lot more is revealed in the transcript. There was so much to ask and really very little time – all in all I had about 25 minutes with her. That is quite a generous time allowance under the circumstances.
      Someone must kick me next time I say “very, very”!

  2. Denis Dutton 15 May 2010 / 9:15 am

    “What a bulldog!” Crikey, was I a bulldog? Well, yes, all those aesthetic questions are ones I care about. A lot. I much enjoyed the session with Sarah Thornton and John Carey and appreciate that it seems to have left an impact. For the record, my review of Carey’s book, “What Good Are the Arts?” can be read in full here:

    The review explains my reaction to his arguments.

    Wonderful to hear your coverage, Marion, Roberta, Bronwyn, and Richard. I’m back in Christchurch, but will be returning to the site to catch up.

    Three cheers for libarians!
    — Denis Dutton

    • richard 15 May 2010 / 9:24 am

      And lovely to have your comments. You had the bit between your teeth, and I think all the participants cared deeply – which is what made it so spirited. And as a former Russian student at UC, I was delighted to hear the esteem you both have for Chekhov.

    • bronnypop 15 May 2010 / 9:49 am

      Thanks for that, Denis – I too, like Richard, am so impressed by the passion and commitment that all you guys show to your subject. It’s very inspiring, and energising, and always important to get to hear all sides of a debate! I’m off to read your review right now.

    • richard 15 May 2010 / 4:15 pm

      A definite imapct Denis – other writers have been discussing last night’s session in their own sessions today.

  3. robertafsmith 18 May 2010 / 4:55 pm

    It is one of my regrets that I missed this session.

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