Final festival wrap-up

After an intense, enjoyable, fast-paced last day of the festival fever, we present our last audio wrap up. We have been proud to represent the library and hope you have enjoyed the coverage, which we have tried to make entertaining and informative.

The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize added so much to the festival. It brought variations of eloquence to our ears and eyes from around the world, and impressing all the audiences, I am certain, with the breadth and depth of the all to uncommon wealth of writers which we were lucky enough to see.

Our final report is a touch under 14 minutes long.

Keep an eye on the blog for more interviews with Commonwealth Writers’ prize best book winner Christos Tsiolkas, Rod Oram, Don McGlashan, and for a slightly different take, Patricia Kay, one of the volunteers who has been with the festival since day one. We also hope to have follow-up interviews with authors in the near future, and more photos will be added to the library flickr soon. If you have questions or comments about any aspect of the festival or the coverage, leave a comment – we would love to hear from you.

Now get thee to a library 🙂

Countdown on to festival

This time tomorrow I’ll be at the Aotea Centre in Auckland picking up a media pass for the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. It’s been a busy time arranging interviews and working with publicists and it’s going to be a fascinating taste of the literary world. It is always an experience meeting writers and finding out a little of how they go about their work, and hearing them read their own work is usually a real treat.

Brief wondrous lifeI’m really looking forward to meeting Junot Diaz – it’ll be on either Friday morning or Saturday. If it’s Saturday it will be after he’s been on Kim Hill’s show, so I hope he’s not been grilled to exhaustion.

Thomas Kohnstamm will also be interesting – especially after the ruckus over his latest book, but I am also making time to see lots of the New Zealand talent. But who will the hidden gem of the festival be? There will be media darlings and headline writers, but often there are some who fly a bit beneath the radar who surprise and delight… Here’s hoping!