Vanda Symon is the author of the Detective Sam Shephard series, and the standalone thriller, The Faceless. She is a three-time Ngaio Marsh Award finalist, and is a judge of the Ngaio Marsh Award for best first crime novel.
What are you looking forward to doing in Christchurch?
We recorded this wrap-up at the Aotea Centre where the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize was announced.
We had two very special guests, Vanda Symon, a Dunedin crime writer, and Christos Tsiolkas, who had just been named winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. After sterling work blogging all day, Robyn was kicking her heels up at The Pussy Cat Dolls and Lady Gaga concert.
Understandably this post is a little longer, approximately 17 minutes, but we think you’ll find its worthwhile hearing our guests, who take us on quite a wide-ranging discussion.
We also hope to have some more images on flickr soon – and please keep your comments coming in.
And while we had an absolute blast last night, the coverage continuees today with a full day of sessions:
Stevan Eldred-Grigg makes his appearance and Moata will be there
Mohammad Hanif – who won best first book at the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize last night – will read
Other international guests Monica Ali and Judith Thurman are on stage
As the Writers festival draws ever closer, we’ve added some new interviews to the website:
Joe Bennett: Knickers and prejudice
Our interviewer Richard delves into the genesis of Joe’s new book Where underpants come from. The book traces a five-pack of $8.59 man-skin grundies and a flash “special occasions” pair of Authentics, from The Warehouse in Eastgate, to the factories and cotton fields of China. The interview also looks at writing, libraries and the books that shaped Joe’s life.