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Auckland Writers And Readers Festival 2011

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We are proud to announce the 2011 programme is complete and can be viewed at All tickets are on sale now: Take advantage of the $20* earlybird offer for core events at the Aotea Centre, Special Events range from $15 to $125*, and there are twelve free events. (*Service fees apply.)

New to the festival this year, and hosted by The University of Auckland, we are delighted to announce our first Wordy Day Out on Saturday 14 May at The University of Auckland Business School – 8 sessions featuring 10 of the best YA writers around (only $30 for the day, $15 for students and under 18s).

Back at the Aotea Centre, treat yourself to a Take 5 (36% discount) or Take 10 (40% discount) Concession Pass, valid for all core events (excluding Special Events and Wordy Day Out). Students receive 50% off the standard door price. That’s a very good deal.


Speaking of good deals, the inaugural Wordy Day Out is not only a good deal for students, it’s a good deal, full stop. Mark Saturday 14 May in your diary and come along to The University of Auckland Business School for a whole day of sessions featuring some of the liveliest authors around. They all carry the label YA, which to us just means interesting people who write riveting books. Carnegie Medal winner Meg Rosoff said it for us in a 2009 review: “I’d like to go out on a limb here, and say that nothing in the world of adult reading can compare with the revolutionary content of a novel you are likely to find in the young adult section of your local bookshop.” Meg is joined by international writers Cassandra Clare (USA); Karen Healey (NZ/Australia); Margo Lanagan (Australia); Garth Nix and Sean Williams (Australia), and a stellar line-up of Kiwi writers Bernard Beckett, Brian Falkner, Mandy Hager, David Hair, and - better known for her adult fiction - rising YA star Paula Morris. Our sincere thanks to The University of Auckland who have joined with us in their commitment to excellence in literature, to introduce The Wordy Day Out to the 2011 programme. Whether you like fantasy, horror, adventure, thrillers, gothic or sci-fi. Whether you’re a teenager or twice that, the Wordy Day Out has something for everyone – don’t miss it, book now.



Over 150 writers and performers feature in more than 90 events from Wednesday 11 May to Sunday 15 May, and this year boasts a bumper crop of top New Zealand writers and performers who arrive from all over the country to join their Auckland comrades and international writers onstage: Penny Ashton, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Theatre Company, Tusiata Avia, Paul Barrett, Fergus Barrowman, Maggie Barry, Graham Beattie, Bernard Beckett, Carole Beu, Paula Boock, Jenny Bornholdt, Steve Braunias, Al Brown, Kathryn Burnett, Sandy Callister, Philippa Campbell, Mike Chunn, Hamish Clayton, Craig Cliff, Jan Cronin, Stuart Devenie, Barbara Dreaver, Treasa Dunworth, Peter Elliott, Brian Falkner, Fiona Farrell, Laurence Fearnley, Michael Field, Janis Freegard, Lynn Freeman, Kris Gledhill, Paula Green, Mandy Hager, David Hair, Lucy Hammonds, Kim Hill, Dylan Horrocks, Peter Hosking, Michael Hurst, Lauraine Jacobs, Stephanie Johnson, Alexa Johnston, Miriama Kamo, Adrian Kinnaird, Mary Kisler, Elizabeth Knox, Chris Laidlaw, Annabel Langbein, Nicola Legat, Michele Leggott, Renee Liang, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Sarah-Kate Lynch, Annah Mac, Olivia Macassey, Finlay Macdonald, Lachlan Mackay, Tina Makereti, Bill Manhire, Deborah Manning, Dave McArtney, Tim McBride, Colin McColl, Cilla McQueen, Arthur Meek, Anna Miles, Paula Morris, Tim Murphy, Shila Nair, Emma Neale, Carl Nixon, Sue Orr, Vincent O’Sullivan, Robyn Paterson, Emily Perkins, Sean Plunket, Leanne Pooley, Joanna Preston, John Psathas, Sarah Quigley, Charlotte Randall, Steven Ratuva, Grant Redvers, Claire Regnault, Atka Reid, Victor Rodger, Morrin Rout, Charlotte Ryan, Thomas Sainsbury, Fiona Samuel, Ant Sang, Hana Schofield, Iain Sharp, Peter Simpson, Craig Sisterson, Chris Slane, Elizabeth Smither, Stephen Stratford, Robert Sullivan, Farida Sultana, Apirana Taylor, Ruth Todd, Jane Ussher, Geoff Walker, Frances Walsh, Vincent Ward, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Barnarby Weir, Peter Wells, Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri, Kenneth Young.


Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish (Palestine); Professor Fred Allendorf (USA); Ingrid Betancourt (Colombia/France); Fatima Bhutto (Pakistan); Carolyn Burke (Australia/USA); Cassandra Clare (USA); Michael Connelly (USA); James Fergusson (Scotland); Aminatta Forna (Scotland); Paul Gilding (Australia); A.A. Gill (Scotland); Karen Healey (NZ/Australia); Madhur Jaffrey (India/USA); Gail Jones (Australia); Claire Keegan (Ireland); Margo Lanagan (Australia); David Mitchell (UK); Garth Nix (USA); Téa Obreht (USA); Naomi Oreskes (USA); John Rives (USA); Meg Rosoff (USA/UK); Barbara Strauch (USA); David Vann (USA); Sean Williams (Australia); Professor Jay Winter (USA).


Gold Sponsors: Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development Ltd, New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Listener, The University of Auckland Bronze Sponsors: Allpress Espresso, Cable Bay Vineyards, Delmaine Fine Foods, McGovern Online Publisher Sponsors: Allen & Unwin, Hachette New Zealand, HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand) Ltd, Penguin Books New Zealand, Random House New Zealand Schools Programme Sponsors: South Pacific Pictures, The College Herald, Walker Books, Warehouse Stationery Foundations, Trusts and Grantmakers: APRA/AMCOS, ASB Community Trust, Asia: New Zealand Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative New Zealand, Lion Foundation, Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate, SkyCity Auckland Community Trust Strategic Partners: ALT, The Edge, GEON, The Langham Auckland Supporters and Suppliers: BJ Ball, Exoyic Planters, Nielsen Bookdata, Qantas, Talk of Turkey Carpets.


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