A media release from Booksellers New Zealand has announced: Writers confirmed for The Press Christchurch Writers Festival 9-12 September 2010. The 2010 Festival features:
- The presentation of the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel
- International writers including Simon Winchester, Barbara Trapido, Clive Hamilton and Emily Maguire
- A bevy of Kiwi writers, poets and performers including Dave Dobbyn, Roger Hall, Rachael King, Chris Laidlaw and Helen Lowe.
I’m waving my fan flag for the wonderful Simon Winchester. I’ve loved his work ever since reading The Surgeon of Crowthorne, a bewitching story of murder, madness and logomania:
W.C. Minor was one of the keenest volunteers involved in the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. What the OED’s editor, James Murray, didn’t realise was that he was also a millionaire American Civil War surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder.
His latest book is all about the Atlantic.
Bookings for all events open tomorrow (Friday 16 July) with the release of the programme.
- The Press Christchurch Writers Festival website
- Our coverage of the 2008 Festival – on the website and here on the blog.