Earlier this year, we ran a competition for a superstar bookseller to attend the @aklwritersfest and the wonderful Jill from Paper Plus Oamaru was our winner. Here are some snaps she took during her trip, and she said “Thanks so much for the opportunity to attend the Auckland writers festival, what a great experience...I can’t thank you enough it was awesome. “
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The Auckland Writers festival is such an inspiring event! I feel like going slightly mad as so many significant problems and heart touching issues have been unsealed during these very long three days. Writers from all over the world shared their moments of glory and loss, histories of their families and pages of love stories. Voices of some were almost breaking with tears, fragile as it is.
Many thanks to @aklwritersfest ❤️
“Be bold. Put your work out there so it can find an audience. Yes someone’s going to rip it off…”It’s a feast of ideas for Renee Liang this weekend @aklwritersfest - have a read of her highlights from Saturday and stay tuned for more coming today!
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The buzz of the #AWF18 Festival Gala Night: True Stories Told Live:Under Cover matched with the hum of a well-crafted 🍷 #centralotagopinotnoir#nzwine . Salute to brilliantly told true stories without prop or script by Susie Boyt (England), Lisa Dwan (Ireland), Gigi Fenster (South Africa/NZ), Alex Ross (US), Damon Salesa (Samoa/ NZ), Tom Scott(NZ), Shashi Tharoor (India) and Jenny Zhang (US). 🍷🍷
🥂 to books that have been companions for many pining years until they meet the poet/ author...
Kapka Kassabova discussing borders between countries, cultures, others and ourselves with Lloyd Jones @aklwritersfest
"Everything changes when Judy appears on a huge screen. Instantly a lighter kind of air flies into the room and there's an audible rush of excitement, a collective surge of devotion."
Susie Boyt on stage @aklwritersfest watching a clip of Judy Garland in concert, between readings from her 'book about loss, disguised as a book about love, disguised as a book about me, disguised as a book about Judy Garland', as she ruefully described My Judy Garland Life.
I have been attending some wonderful sessions at the Auckland Writers Festival over the last few days. The most inspiring session I've attended here & at any writer's festival was with Dame Mary Anne Salmond DBE a New Zealand anthropologist, environmentalist and writer & the discussion of her book "Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds". It is a walk with ancestors, an observation in ways we converge & diverge, about truth telling, about clashes but also about resonance & how philosophies echo, about reconciling, & how we need to come up with new frameworks (ps I added my tweets FYI. I'm newish to twitter so thought I'd try it out here - read bottom up 😉) Event 60 #awf18
Slight fan girl moment last night, spending time with Cat from @fomnz and @sonyareneetaylor from @thebodyisnotanapology at the @aklwritersfest Best Best Showcase. It was such a pleasure to hear Sonya Renee and the other poets perform, and I left feeling super inspired and empowered ❤️
One can never quite grow up when it comes to the comforting indulgence of being read to😊 Thanks to @aklwritersfest for bringing us much celebrated Canadian Bengali writer Durga Chew Bose with an intimate reading of her essay.:"Since living alone "
"Especially when living alone I’ve described to friends, is akin to waking up on a Saturday and realizing it’s Saturday. That flighty jolt. That made-up sense of repartee with time. Abundance felt from sitting upright in bed; the weight of one’s duvet vanquishing, by some means, all accountability."