Sunday @ the festival : Festival highlights

Festival imageSo the festival has come to an end, after another full day. The magnetic strip on my Bank of Adjectives card as worn thin, and my verbal credit limit has been reached. Here’s the under ten-minute audio wrap up:

  • Roberta went to Yi Yun Li, a creativity workshop, Rick Gekoski and William Dalrymple;
  • Marion sampled Marti Friedlander, John Carey at the Michael King memorial lecture, Rick Gekoski and William Dalrymple;
  • Bronwyn went to a session asking what good was religion, John Freeman on shrinking the world and libraries, and Rick Gekoski;
  • Richard had real world day – digital publishing in Read any Good Bytes lately, and Jeffrey Paparoa Holman’s Best of Both Worlds session, as well as a chat with Bernadette Hall.


And, once you’ve digested that, get a feel for the overall buzz of the festival with our selection of highlights in this six-minute clip, complete with the gravelly laugh of Thomas Keneally …

We hope you have enjoyed the coverage and we look forward to your comments as we continue our conversations in the days ahead. Remember there are photos on the Christchurch City Libraries flickr and that you can view all of the festival posts on a single page.

8 thoughts on “Sunday @ the festival : Festival highlights

  1. Donna 17 May 2010 / 9:31 am

    I’d like to give Richard, Roberta, Bronwyn and Marion a pat on the back, a round of applause, etc – what a team, you’ve really achieved that goal of letting us feel what it’s like to be at the Festival.

    And with the interviews, audio wrapups and discussions, it’s even more than what the average festival goer would get to experience.

    Ka pai, congratulation and thanks

    • Roberta Smith 19 May 2010 / 3:40 pm

      It was fantastic to be there – thanks for all the help back at the coal face!

  2. Michael A 17 May 2010 / 9:44 am

    Fantastic coverage team – thanks very much for helping us feel a part of the festival. Hopefully there will be a display of the mementos (literary and the perfect festival shoes) at Central shortly.

    • richard 17 May 2010 / 10:03 am

      Cheers. I’ve got Mike Dickison’s ukulele book, a Ben Brown CD and a new Collins dictionary, so it might be more of a post-modern multimedia mash. I’m sure the shoes will be tasteful though 😉

      • bronnypop 17 May 2010 / 10:08 am

        No, no! The whole point of festival shoes is that they are as startlingly awesomely eye-popping as possible. And sadly, I have to report that I failed to find anything that measured up to my high expectations. Clearly I will have to be chosen to go again next year, in order to fulfil this vital component of festival coverage!

  3. Mike Dickison 17 May 2010 / 6:40 pm

    As one of the participants, I really appreciated you guys blogging during the festival; it gave me a much better picture of what was going on. Twitter was also excellent, and could have been used even more—being able to see responses during or straight after presentations would have been great. Kudos on the Christchurch City Libraries for supporting the team. Very forward-thinking.

    • Jane 19 May 2010 / 12:27 pm

      twitter eh? I like the idea of a few pithy one liners.

      • richard 19 May 2010 / 12:55 pm

        Search for #awrf on twitter.

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