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Top Peformers At Writers And Readers Festival

May 14 - May 18 AOTEA CENTRE | THE EDGE ®

Top Peformers At Writers And Readers Festival

Getting in the groove for NZ Music Month, we are very pleased to confirm that Dave Dobbyn and Victoria Girling-Butcher will each perform a song from their new, unreleased albums as part of a discussion on the craft of songwriting with Hip-Hop/R’n’B star John Chong-Nee (bottom left) and Play It Strange CEO Mike Chunn (MC).

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST CHANCE FOR AUCKLANDERS TO HEAR DAVE DOBBYN’S NEW WORK. They will also perform snippets of their work to illustrate the songwriting process, charting the changes to a song as it journeys from conception through to the finished recording.

The Songwriters Speak session at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival is presented in association with APRA. Join us for this very special event on Wednesday 14 May, 7.30-9pm when Dave Dobbyn, Victoria Girling-Butcher and John Chong-Nee discuss the theme: Are song lyrics poetry? “Poems have to do all their work on the page whereas lyrics are constantly inflected and modified – indeed interpreted – by the musical accompaniment and, crucially, by the voice. Some lyricists produce lyrics so in advance of the requirements of song that we respond to them in the same way we respond to poetry” (Harry Ricketts).

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival tickets are available through THE EDGE® Ticketing Service: phone bookings on (09) 357 3355, fax bookings to: (09) 357 3359 (please note this number is incorrect in the printed programme) or visit www. to book online. The festival programme is available both online at and in printed form in all good bookstores and libraries. The festival is made possible with the support of core funders the ASB Community Trust, Creative New Zealand and the Lion Foundation; and Gold Sponsor The New Zealand Listener; Silver Sponsors Auckland City Council, Crowne Plaza Auckland, Delmaine Fine Foods, THE EDGE® and The New Zealand Herald; and Bronze Sponsors Allpress Coffee, the Arts Channel, Documentary Channel, Hachette Livre, HarperCollins Publishers, McGovern Online, Ngatarawa Wines, Penguin Books, Random House and South Pacific Pictures.


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