Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2015

by Insiders Dunedin

Where: Venues throughout the city 

Following on from last year’s resoundingly successful Writers and Readers Festival, organisers are bringing the City of Dunedin an even bigger array of writers and events from 5-10 May 2015. Dunedin’s first festival as a UNESCO City of Literature will showcase an amazing line-up of writers, from New Zealand and further afield. International guests include award-winning memoirists Damian Barr and Helen Macdonald; journalist Nick Davies; literary sensation Zia Haider Rahman; consummate performer Rebecca Vaughan; cook and food writer extraordinaire Stephanie Alexander; comic genius and classicist Natalie Haynes; and acclaimed poet Vona Groarke. From New Zealand, Witi Ihimaera will be speaking about his recent memoir Maori Boy as well as being in conversation with Patricia Grace, one of NZ’s literary treasures. Other NZ writers include Anna Smaill discussing her critically acclaimed first novel The Chimes, as well as more established writers including Emily Perk ins, Paddy Richardson and Laurence Fearnley.

DWRF 15 offers something for all ages and interests: as well as fiction, non-fiction and poetry, the programme features music performances, slam poetry, and writing workshops. Young adults can ‘Speed Date an Author’, and the littlest booklovers can ride the Story-time Train to Port Chalmers Library. Topics range from sustainable living and tramping to crime writing and the art of essay writing. Events are taking place in Dunedin’s best venues, including the Regent Theatre, St Paul’s, the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Toitū, all close to the heart of the city so they are easy to access. This year, we have introduced the DWRF literary lunch series, free lunchtime events from Tuesday May 5 – Friday May 8, to ensure that the festival is accessible to all.

Website: www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz

Post submitted by Sharon O

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