Going West Festival Books & Writers Weekend
Going West Festival Books & Writers
17 Years Celebrating New Zealand writing and writers
The Going West Festival 2012 Books & Writers Weekend at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall opens tomorrow night with the Gala opening night at 7pm. A fantastic line-up of some of New Zealand’s best writers and thinkers gather for a weekend of engaging conversation, informed observation and enlightening entertainment.
The writers and performers in this year’s programme:
Rick Bryant and The Windy City Strugglers, Mirranda Burton, Sacha de Bazin, Dave Dobbyn, Mary Edmond-Paul, Marianne Elliott, Jacqueline Fahey, Paula Green, Tina Grenville, David Howard, Stephanie Johnson , Sid Marsh, Kirstine Moffat, Emily Perkins, Nalini Singh, Monty Soutar, CK Stead, Paul Thomas, Ian Wedde, Peter Wells, Lani Wendt Young and Tim Wilson.
The Going West Festival Poetry Slam Final last Saturday night drew a big, enthusiastic crowd and saw Vincent Nathan from Whangarei win the fifth and final heat, then go on to win the Grand Final cash prize of $1000.
Warm congratulations to Vincent and to Logan Dobson from Auckland who won the second prize of $750 and Jahra Rager from Auckland for the $500 third prize. All three competitors will be flown to Wellington for the NZ Poetry Slam on 10 November.
After his win, Vincent emailed the Going West Festival: ‘I live in Whangarei, where there is no outlet for poets and performers alike so I was quite disconnected from the scene, performing my poetry to friends and family at home, drawing inspiration from my own life experiences and those of others. A good friend stumbled across the Going West Festival facebook page and told me that I should enter. I was so nervous l said no, but after encouragement from friends and family I emailed Michelle Bolton and she welcomed me. I turned up on Saturday with such knots and butterflies - so much so I was having a panic attack every time I got on stage. I am so overwhelmed by the love showed and the reception I got for my poetry and it seems like my journey as a poet is about to get even better...I walk away with nothing but love and support for the people I met, the friends I made and the Going West Festival that made it all possible. LOVE!!!’