As usual, I can’t pick the winners (luckily I’m not a betting man) but I was glad to see my favourites (Brainjack and Wonky Donkey) getting the childrens’ vote. I think we should leave the voting up to the children every time as they pick the books that appeal to them, not what appeals to adults.
Did you manage to pick the winners and what did you think of the judges choices?
Poet Bernadette Hall was one of three Cantabrians who flew the flag for Christchurch at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. She kindly gave us some of her time for a bit of a chat. This seven-minute interview covers:
The ‘crucial and essential’ role of writer’s festivals in building a community of writers;
The Hagley Writers’ Institute as a yeast in the mix of a healthy Christchurch poetry scene;
How Hall is trying to change her poems and is writing short fiction.
I started the interview (which was just after a chat by Emily Perkins, Damien Wilkins and Fergus Barrowman, and before a late lunch) by asking what it was like to attend the festival as a writer.