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Capital to crawl with talent when literary festival returns

Embargo: 3 October 2016

Capital to crawl with talent when literary festival returns in November

Wellington’s best-loved little literary festival – LitCrawl – will return for just one night next month, showcasing the words and wisdom of Aotearoa’s finest poets, parents, critics, essayists, illustrators and artists at some of the capital’s quirkiest venues.

The 12 November line-up includes writers Ashleigh Young, Naomi Arnold and Aimie Cronin in a celebration of the Essay at Meow, Mama Said’s Emily Writes and Brannavan Gnanalingam on having kids and writing about them, at Ekor Bookshop, and Kate Camp and Tina Makereti discuss what they’ve been reading lately at Minerva. Poets Hera Lindsay Bird, Gregory Kan and Steven Toussaint will read their work live in an Off the Page session at Pegasus Books, while Music journalist Nick Bollinger is set to host story and song with Samuel Flynn Scott, Eva Prowse and others at Alistair’s Music.

Popular RNZ duo Toby & Toby (Manhire and Morris) join Susie Ferguson and Ashleigh Young for what promises to be an interesting chat at new music venue Caroline. The Wellington Apothecary will also host a session on poetry and medicine, and the fourth issue of Sweet Mammalian will launch at Enjoy Gallery.

Now in its third year in Wellington, the LitCrawl concept (like a pub crawl, but with a strong literature focus) has been a hit with literature lovers, with the 2016 programme the biggest yet to accommodate demand.

Announcing the full LitCrawl line-up over the weekend, Directors Claire Mabey and Andrew Laking urged Wellingtonians to grab the hot-off-the-press programme and map their crawl well in advance because, with a heap of overlapping sessions, some tough choices would need to be made.

“The very concept of LitCrawl makes you want to be in - at least - two places at once. The programme is divided into three parts between 6 and 9.30pm, so everyone should can plan to enjoy a minimum of three sessions. Remember the upside of not getting into one means you can quickly race off to another,” Claire said.

Access the 2016 LitCrawl programme and map at
Follow us on twitter at @tweetlitcrawl

Entry to LitCrawl events is by donation, with a recommended amount of $5.

Funders and sponsors

Primary Funder: Creative New Zealand
Major Funders: Wellington City Council; Wellington Community Trust
Bookseller: VicBooks
Gold Sponsors: Ricoh; Lion Foundation
Silver Sponsors: Australian High Commission; Gladstone Vineyard, CQ Hotels Wellington
Bronze Sponsors: Whitireia Publishing, Multi Media
LitCrawl is a non-profit Wellington Treasure Trust event produced by Pirate & Queen

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