Auckland Writers Festival 2015

Auckland Writers Festival 2015 begins tomorrow, 13th May, till 17 May at the Aotea Centre. Headlining this year will be the reclusive contemporary writer, Haruki Murakami. Murakami’ is a Japanese author who’s works have been translated into 50 languages and garnered several awards including the 2006 World Fantasy Award (best novel) for Kafka on the Shore. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate of Letters from the University of Liège,[48], another from Princeton University in June 2008,[49] and in 2014, one from Tufts University[50].

Joining Murakami will be David Walliams of Little Britain and QI fame and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants) will also appear the Festival, but the celebrity lineup doesn’t stop there, fare from it.

“They join a heady line-up of novelists, poets, thinkers, scientists, historians, playwrights and children’s literary stars including: one of the world’s most influential medical writers Atul Gawande who will talk about his most recent work Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End; the Festival’s 2015 Honoured New Zealand writer C.K. Stead; Helen Macdonald, winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2014 with her stunning Memoir  H is for Hawk; actor, writer, broadcaster, director, producer and musician Alan Cumming; UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy; internationally-acclaimed NZ singer/songwriter Hollie Fullbrook (aka TINY RUINS); journalist and media critic for The New Yorker Ken Auletta whose books include Googled: The End of the World as We Know It; multi-award-winning New Zealand poet and art historian Gregory O’Brien; much-loved Australian food writer Stephanie Alexander;  globally renowned Kiwi visual artist and writer Grahame Sydney; Australian National Living Treasure Tim Winton; British investigative journalist Nick Davies, responsible for uncovering the News of the World phone hacking affair; New Zealand’s favourite satirical writer Steve Braunias;  multi-award winning novelist David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks);  Booker Prize winning novelist and poet Ben Okri; England’s insatiable scientist Philip Ball who has written on just about everything – from how music works to his most recent book: Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler; Australia’s biggest-selling non-fiction writer Peter FitzSimons; critically acclaimed novelist Helen Garner whose most recent novel is The House of Grief; The Good Women of China writer Xinran who will talk about her latest work Buy Me The Sky;  multi-award winning New Zealand novelist Witi Ihimaeraglobally-celebrated British author of Alex Rider fame, Anthony Horowitz; New Zealand playwright Fiona Samuel and New York’s most irresistible literary critic Daniel Mendelsohn.”

– lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Full program available here.

Tickets can still be purchased at Ticketmaster

Tracey Ambrose
"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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