Joe Bennett and Anna Rogers: WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival

WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival is a mere few weeks away – it kicks off on 27 August. We’ve asked three quick questions of festival guests, here’s what they have to say. Keep an eye out for more opinions from festival guests on the blog.

Joe Bennett

Cover of Fish like a drinkWhat (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

I’m attending Meg Wolitzer’s workshop. I’ve taught several writing workshops but have never attended one. Am hoping to find out how it ought to be done.

What do you think about libraries?

The free public library is the marker of civil society.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

As a teenager I wanted only to be a professional cricketer.

Joe Bennett – popular columnist and author – appears in:
The Great New Zealand Crime Debate & Ngaio Marsh Award Saturday 30 August, 8pm

Cover of The Shaky IslesAnna Rogers

What (or who) are you most looking forward to at WORD Christchurch?

I’m most looking forward to the general buzz and excitement of having so many wonderful writers in Christchurch. If I had to single out a couple of people I’m especially keen to hear, they would be the American novelist Meg Wolitzer and the Zimbabwean writer, NoViolet Bulawayo, who was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.

What do you think about libraries?

I love libraries. They feel like home. I like to buy books when I can, but borrowing them is a big part of my life too. And librarians are the most extraordinarily knowledgeable and helpful people.

Share a surprising fact about yourself.

Even though I earn my living as a book editor and writer, I am a very inaccurate typist.

Fiction and non-fiction book editor Anna Rogers will be appearing in:
A Novel Relationship: Friday 29 August, 4pm
How We Remember: Recalling and Retelling the First World War: Saturday 30 August, 3.30pm

Search our catalogue for books by Anna.

 

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