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    2020 WINTER SERIES Episode 13: Maggie O'Farrell, Colin Thubron, Rose Lu, Ann Patchett

    2020 WINTER SERIES Episode 13: Maggie O'Farrell, Colin Thubron, Rose Lu, Ann Patchett

    The Auckland Writers Festival 13-week WINTER SERIES streamed live and free every Sunday morning from 3 May - 26 July 2020.

    Episode 13 features:

    MAGGIE O'FARRELL (Ireland / Scotland) Acclaimed Irish-British novelist Maggie O'Farrell has won numerous awards for her books including the Betty Trask, the Somerset Maugham and the Costa Book Awards. Her latest novel 'Hamnet', a recreation of the story of the death of Shakespeare's eleven-year-old son, has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her memoir 'I am, I am, I am' reached number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

    COLIN THUBRON (England) Travel writer Colin Thubron is considered one of Britain’s finest wordsmiths and was ranked by The Times as one of the 50 greatest post-war British writers. Colin has written 15 travel books, largely focussed on Russia, Central Asia and China, including 'Mirror to Damascus', 'Shadow of the Silk Road', and 'To A Mountain in Tibet’ He is also an accomplished novelist.

    ROSE LU (Aotearoa New Zealand) Rose Lu has a master’s in creative writing from Victoria University of Wellington, winning her year’s creative non-fiction prize. Her work has been published in Sport, Pantograph Punch, Turbine Kapohau, and Mimicry and she has recently published the essay collection 'All Who Live on Islands'.

    ANN PATCHETT (United States) Beloved American author Ann Patchett has written three non-fiction titles and seven novels, including the Orange-Prize winning 'Bel Canto' and her latest 'The Dutch House'. She is the co-founder of indie bookstore Parnassus Books and in 2012 was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.


    HOST: PAULA MORRIS (Aotearoa New Zealand) Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. The 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, she teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature.

    This series provides an opportunity to champion New Zealand and international books that were to feature at our cancelled May Festival, we encourage you to support writers and NZ publishers and booksellers by purchasing featured books. Order via our Festival bookseller.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 12 Patrick Gale, Julia Ebner, Michele Leggott

    2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 12 Patrick Gale, Julia Ebner, Michele Leggott

    The Auckland Writers Festival 13-week WINTER SERIES streamed live and free every Sunday morning from 3 May - 26 July 2020.

    Episode 12 features:

    PATRICK GALE (England) Patrick Gale is the author of the award-winning BBC drama 'Man in an Orange Shirt' as well as 16 novels, including bestsellers 'Notes From An Exhibition', ‘Perfectly Good Man' and the Costa shortlisted 'A Place Called Winter'. His latest novel is 'Take Nothing With You', an elegiac story of coming of age and the transformative power of music.

    JULIA EBNER (Austria) Julia Ebner is a research fellow at the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue and a consultant on counter-terrorism to the UN. For her latest book ‘Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists', Julia went undercover for two years, investigating the online lives of extremists; hanging out in the alt-right networks.

    MICHELE LEGGOTT (Aotearoa New Zealand) NZ’s inaugural Poet Laureate, Michele Leggott, has been the recipient of a Prime Minister’s Literary Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ. She coordinates the NZ Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc) and has recently published 'Mezzaluna: Selected Poems'.

    HOST: PAULA MORRIS (Aotearoa New Zealand) Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. The 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, she teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature.

    This series provides an opportunity to champion New Zealand and international books that were to feature at our cancelled May Festival, we encourage you to support writers and NZ publishers and booksellers by purchasing featured books. Order via our Festival bookseller.

    #awfwinterseries

    • 1 hr 11 min
    2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 11: Kolokesa U Māhina-Tuai, Leanne Shapton, Neil Gaiman

    2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 11: Kolokesa U Māhina-Tuai, Leanne Shapton, Neil Gaiman

    The Auckland Writers Festival 13-week WINTER SERIES streamed live and free every Sunday morning from 3 May - 26 July 2020.

    Episode 11 features:

    KOLOKESA U MĀHINA-TUAI (Aotearoa New Zealand) author and curator Kolokesa U Māhina-Tuai, is the founder of the cultural consultancy Lagi-Maama, and coedited the encyclopaedic three-century spanning 'Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in New Zealand and the Wider Moana Oceania'.

    LEANNE SHAPTON (Canada) Leanne is a writer, artist, former Olympic swimming triallist, New York Times design editor, and publisher. She is the author of the award-winning 'Swimming Studies', co-author of 'Women in Clothes' and her latest offering, 'Guestbook: Ghost Stories', uses artefacts – ephemera, photos, architectural plans, and her own watercolours in 33 tales of guests, ghosts and other lingering presences.

    NEIL GAIMAN (England) The award-winning Neil Gaiman is author of over 30 acclaimed books and graphic novels for adults and children, including ‘American Gods’, ‘The Sandman’ series, ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Graveyard Book’. The renowned storyteller’s work has been adapted for film, radio and television – including scripts for Doctor Who. Neil will be discussing his latest work, an illustrated edition of his highly acclaimed novel for adults, ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’.

    HOST: PAULA MORRIS (Aotearoa New Zealand) Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. The 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, she teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature.
    This series provides an opportunity to champion New Zealand and international books that were to feature at our cancelled May Festival, we encourage you to support writers and NZ publishers and booksellers by purchasing featured books. Order via our Festival bookseller.

    #awfwinterseries

    • 1 hr 15 min
    2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 10: Renée, Joshua Whitehead, Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly

    2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 10: Renée, Joshua Whitehead, Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly

    The Auckland Writers Festival 13-week WINTER SERIES streamed live and free every Sunday morning from 3 May - 26 July 2020.

    Episode 10 showcases guests from our 2020 Onāianei series:

    RENÉE: Playwright, novelist, poet, memoirist, and blogger Renée (Ngāti Kahungunu), has documented NZ’s social history in work that includes Wednesday To Come, Setting The Table, and memoir These Two Hands. She has recently written her first crime novel, The Wild Card.

    JOSHUA WHITEHEAD: Two-spirit Canadian First Nations poet and novelist Joshua Whitehead, is the author of the poetry collection Full-Metal Indigiqueer and the novel Jonny Appleseed, which won a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction. He is currently working towards a doctorate in Indigenous literatures and cultures.

    RUBY MAE HINEPUNUI SOLLY:Writer and musician, Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly (Kāi Tahu) has been published in journals such as Landfall, Minarets, and Starling. She recently released her debut album Pōneke, featuring cello, nga taonga puoro and accompanying poems. Her debut poetry collection Tōku Pāpā, will be published in 2021.

    HOSTED BY TINA MAKERETI: Tina Makereti is the Onāianei Series programmer for our 2020 Festival. Her work includes the novel The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke, and 2016 Commonwealth Pacific Prizewinning short story Black Milk. She co-edited Black Marks on the White Page with Witi Ihimaera and was a contributor to Pūrākau – Māori Myths Retold



    This series provides an opportunity to champion New Zealand and international books that were to feature at our cancelled May Festival, we encourage you to support writers and NZ publishers and booksellers by purchasing featured books. Order via our Festival bookseller.

    #awfwinterseries

    • 1 hr 4 min
    2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 9: Selina Tusitala Marsh, Cass Sunstein, Samantha Power

    2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 9: Selina Tusitala Marsh, Cass Sunstein, Samantha Power

    The Auckland Writers Festival 13-week WINTER SERIES streamed live and free every Sunday morning from 3 May - 26 July 2020.

    Episode 9 features:

    SELINA TUSITALA MARSH (Aotearoa New Zealand) Former Poet Laureate, performer and teacher Selina Tusitala Marsh has published three collections of poetry, including the 2010 Best First Book Award winner 'Fast Talking PI', and the 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards longlisted 'Tightrope'. Her latest book is the inspirational graphic memoir 'Mophead' which she also illustrated. It tells the true story of a New Zealand woman realising how her difference can make a difference.

    CASS SUNSTEIN (United States) Cass Sunstein is a Harvard Law School professor and served in the Obama administration. His latest book 'How Change Happens', looks at how, when and why, social movements such as #metoo and nationalism suddenly take off. He co-wrote the influential 'Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness', a revelatory examination of how people make decisions and how governments might persuade their citizens to act in socially beneficial ways while curbing government over-reaching, and the very timely 'Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide'.

    SAMANTHA POWER (Ireland / United States) Pulitzer Prize-winning author, diplomat and war correspondent Samantha Power served in the Obama administration and as US ambassador to the UN. Twice named as one of Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’, her best-selling memoir 'The Education of an Idealist', is a unique blend of expert storytelling and shrewd political insight, tracing her distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential cabinet official. At a time of upheaval and division, Power’s memoir – named one of the best books of 2019 by The New York Times and The Economist – offers an urgent response to the question “What can one person do?”

    HOST: PAULA MORRIS (Aotearoa New Zealand) Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. The 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, she teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature.

    This series provides an opportunity to champion New Zealand and international books that were to feature at our cancelled May Festival, we encourage you to support writers and NZ publishers and booksellers by purchasing featured books. Order via our Festival bookseller.

    #awfwinterseries

    • 1 hr 8 min
    In Conversation with Haben Girma (2020)

    In Conversation with Haben Girma (2020)

    The inspirational Haben Girma was to appear at the 2020 Auckland Writers Festival to discuss her memoir 'Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law'. Following our cancellation this conversation with ABC's Nas Campanella was recorded via Skype in April.

    We are publishing it today, 27 June, to coincide with what would have been the 140th birthday of Helen Keller.

    Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/girma2020 including transcripts.

    The title of Haben Girma’s “profoundly important” memoir 'Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law' says it all. Girma is the child of Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees. Her career choice was informed, in part, by her wish to help those with disabilities access digital information and technology. She was on the National Federation of the Blind’s legal team when they sued the online document service Scribd for failing to make content fully accessible, and she developed a braille communication system in which typing on a keyboard is pulsed into her fingers.

    President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, Forbes magazine gave her a spot on its list of North American under 30 trailblazers, and she has been the face of a connective technology advertising campaign. She also occasionally surfs, mountain climbs, kayaks and goes horseriding. Haben’s story is a testament to one woman’s determination to show the world the benefits of choosing inclusion.

    This podcast is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas in partnership with the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute and Auckland Writers Festival

    Note that throughout the recording, you will hear the sound of typing which is Haben's Braille computer. Nas asked the questions which are typed into a keyboard and then converted to Braille for Haben to read.

    • 59 min

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