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New Zealand Post Writers And Readers Week 2004


Programme at a Glance
(NB: regional events and the Prize in Modern Letters award ceremony are in italics; a key for the venue codes appears at the bottom of the programme)

Tuesday 9 March

8–10PM Writers International. Richard Ford, Jenny Diski, Sharon Thesen and Clive James offer a gala evening of readings to start the Week. Chair: Lydia Wevers. E

Wednesday 10 March

9.30–10.30AM Karmic Traces: Eliot Weinberger. Chair: Lloyd Jones. E
11AM–12 NOON Seeing You Asked: Vincent O’Sullivan. Chair: Damien Wilkins. E
12.10–1PM Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Adam Aitken, Mark Doty and Martin Edmond read from memoirs. Chair: William Brandt . HFC
12.30–1.50PM Independence Day. A discussion on the writers’ relationship with their place of origin, and how it affects their work. With Richard Ford, Ingo Schulze, Etgar Keret and Alistair MacLeod. Chair: Fergus Barrowman. E
2.20–3.20PM Wellington in the Fifties. Peter Bland, Sunny Amey, J C Sturm and
W H Oliver reminisce about the literary and theatrical scene in the capital. Chair: Paul Millar. E
3.45–4.45PM The Lunar Men: Jenny Uglow. Chair: Harry Ricketts. E
5.30PM Lingua: A Play by Roger Williams. A rehearsed reading followed by a forum on minority languages and the international theatre scene with Roger Williams, Christian Penny, Nathaniel Lees, Hone Kouka, and Suchen Christine Lim.TW*

Thursday 11 March

9.30–10.30AM Stranger on a Train: Jenny Diski. Chair: Kate De Goldi. E
11AM–12 NOON No Great Mischief: Alistair MacLeod. Chair: Elizabeth Alley. E
12.10–1PM Prize in Modern Letters Readings: finalists William Brandt, Kate Camp, Geoff Cush and Glenn Colquhoun read from their work. Chair: Catherine Chidgey. HFC
12.30–1.50PM The Poetry Wars. Mark Doty, Sharon Thesen, Adam Aitken and Murray Edmond discuss the often vigorous disputes that accompany the practice of poetry with poetry critic Eliot Weinberger. E
2.20–3.20PM Living in this World: Dinah Hawken. Chair: Jane Stafford. E
3.45–4.45PM 33 Moments of Happiness: Ingo Schulze. Chair: Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich. E
5.45–6.50PM Signs and Wonders/He Tohu He Ohorere. Eliot Weinberger, Roma Potiki, Catherine Chidgey and Briar Grace-Smith read from work that expresses ideas of spiritual encounter. Chair: Ian Wedde. TP*

Friday 12 March

9.30–10.30AM An Agent for Intimacy: Richard Ford. Chair: Damien Wilkins. E
11AM–12 NOON Chronicle of the Unsung: Martin Edmond. Chair: Kate De Goldi. E
12.10–1PM The Child in Time. Anne Kennedy, Victoria McHalick, Duncan Sarkies and Geraldine McCaughrean read work about the children in our lives. Chair: Kathryn Walls. HFC
12.30–1.50PM The Theatre of the Brain. Eliot Weinberger, Clive James and Jenny Diski shed light on the essay, and its power to provoke, entertain and inform. Chair: Harry Ricketts. E
1.30–2.30PM Writers at Pataka. James George, Anna Jackson and Suchen Christine Lim read from work illuminating their sense of family and home. Chair: Adrienne Jansen. PAT
2.20–3.20PM Crusades, Jihads and Modernity: Tariq Ali. Chair: Al Morrison. E
3.45–4.45PM Letter to Marco Polo: Adam Aitken. Chair: Vivienne Plumb. E
5.45–6.45PM Ringing in the Watches. Peter Bland, Kate Camp, Geoff Cochrane, Chris Price and Ian Wedde read poems commissioned to accompany this exhibition of ships’ bells. WCS*

Saturday 13 March

9.30–10.30AM A Brilliant Bunch of Guys: Clive James. Chair: Kate Camp. E
11AM–12 NOON One Last Story and That’s It: Etgar Keret. Chair: John Campbell. E
12.30–1.50PM The Unreceived Version. Jenny Uglow, Annamarie Jagose, Suchen Christine Lim and Tariq Ali explore the current popularity of historical fiction and biography with chair Lydia Wevers. E
2–3PM Writers in Otaki. New Zealanders Anne Kennedy and James George read from their work. Chair: Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal. OMH
2.20–3.20PM A Little Lower than the Angels: Geraldine McCaughrean. Chair: Anna Smith. E
3.45–4.45PM Mad, Sad, Bad and Glad: Sharon Thesen. Chair: Jane Stafford. E
5.15-6.30PM Prize in Modern Letters announcement. WESTPAC ST JAMES THEATRE*

Sunday 14 March

10–11.20AM Adaptation. Geraldine McCaughrean, Anne Kennedy and Philippa Boyens reveal the secrets of adaptating books for other media, and classic works for younger audiences. Chair: Ken Duncum. E
11AM–1PM Brunch with Clive James. HFC
11.50AM–12.50PM Firebird: Mark Doty. Chair: Kim Hill. E
12 NOON–2PM The Vintner’s Lunch. Jenny Uglow, Anthony McCarten and Annamarie Jagose read and discuss their work on fascinating figures from history (food and wine included). MWC
1.15–2.35PM Tui, Tui, Tuituia! Patricia Grace, Albert Wendt and Witi Ihimaera read from their work and reflect on the challenges and successes of establishing an indigenous literary tradition in NZ and the Pacific. Chair: John Huria. E
2–3PM Writers on the Coast. Literary livewires Etgar Keret and Jo Randerson present a wild and wonderful selection of their work. Chair: Sunny Amey. PMH
3–4.30PM Hunting the Snark: Writers talk about readers and critics who have influenced them for good or ill. With Ingo Schulze, Jenny Diski, Richard Ford, Elizabeth Knox, Alistair MacLeod, Chris Else, Suchen Christine Lim and Mark Doty. Chair: Laura Kroetsch. E

TICKETS $12 ($9 students) except for the following special events:
 Writers International $35 (Friends $32)
 The Vintner’s Lunch $35
 Brunch with Clive James $50
* denotes free or koha event

Wellington venues
E = The Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace
HFC = The Heineken Festival Club, Frank Kitts Park
TP = The Boulevard, Te Papa, Cable Street
TW = Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown
VUW = Lecture Theatre 1, Victoria University of Wellington, Government Buildings, 15 Lambton Quay
WCS = Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queens Wharf
Regional venues
MWC = Martinborough Wine Centre
OMH = Otaki Memorial Hall
PAT = Pataka Porirua Museum of Arts and Cultures
PMH = Paekakariki Memorial Hall

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