WRITERS WEEK: FRIDAY 7–WEDNESDAY 12 MARCH

Wellington welcomes the storytellers: journalists, playwrights, novelists, screenwriters, illustrators, historians, critics, poets, translators, biographers and more to share stories about their craft, their lives and the world around us.

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A great little deal with 15% off tickets to five events. Read more

  • 2014 New Zealand Book Council Lecture: Eleanor Catton
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Man Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton will discuss the role of “change” in fiction. Read more

  • Writers Under the Stars
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Writers Under the Stars

Sold Out | 9 Mar | $65

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Ponder the heavens with a luminous line-up of authors at Carter Observatory’s Pelorus Trust Planetarium. Read more

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Tom Keneally

12 Mar | $28 – $33

The award-winning Australian novelist behind Schindler’s List shares his thoughts with Guy Somerset on life as a self-described free-thinking hedonist. Read more

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Marcus Chown

Sold Out | 7 Mar | $28 – $33

Want to know the secrets of life, the universe andeverything – in just one hour? Read more

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Jung Chang

Selling Fast | 8 Mar | $28 – $33

The celebrated author of Wild Swans introduces the woman who abolished foot-binding in China. Read more

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The Demolition of the Century

11 Mar – 15 Mar | $15 – $25

Become enveloped in the world of Duncan Sarkies’ new novel, and hear stories of a man who has lost his socks, his ex-wife and, most importantly, his son Frank. Read more

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The Quiet Volume

22 Feb – 15 Mar | $30

Slip on the headphones and immerse yourself in this live literary experience for two that will shake up your understanding of the act of reading. Read more

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Drawing From Life: Alison Bechdel

9 Mar | $18

The personal and political overlap in Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic novels. Read more

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The Uses and Abuses of History: Margaret MacMillan

8 Mar | $18

Leading historian Margaret MacMillan on “the puzzle” of World War I. Read more

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The Portrait Writer: Jill Trevelyan

12 Mar | $18

Jill Trevelyan opens windows into the lives of our most prominent artists. Read more

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THE PROBIOTICS PROSELYTISER: Sandor Katz

8 Mar | $18

Best-selling author Sandor Katz champions “the flavourful space between fresh and rotten”. Read more

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Jack Lasenby

8 Mar | $18

Join one of New Zealand’s most popular children’s book authors for an entertaining talk with Kate De Goldi about his award-winning books. Read more

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Midwives or Meddlers? Eleanor Catton and Max Porter

8 Mar | $18

Hear The Luminaries author Eleanor Catton in conversation with one of her editors, Max Porter. Read more

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Icons, Symbols and Illustration

Selling Fast | 12 Mar | $45

Polish graphic designers Daniel and Aleksandra Mizielińsky are masters of visual language. In this workshop they offer a unique opportunity for practising designers and illustrators to learn some of their techniques. Read more

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Genius and Mimicry: The Art of Translation

12 Mar | $18

Dr Marco Sonzogni discusses how concepts can successfully cross linguistic borders. Read more

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Scenes of Secrets and Disguises

9 Mar | $18

Five actors read scenes from Arts Foundation Laureate Damien Wilkins’s seventh novel, Max Gate. Read more

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Ideas that Go Bang!

10 Mar | $18

Belgian illustrator and writer Leo Timmers creates critically acclaimed children’s books. Read more

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Nothing Is Written In Stone: Tony Birch

8 Mar | $18

Australian author Tony Birch lives by the credo “you’ll be great, but only if you work your arse off ”. Read more

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Weta Digital Presents the Desolation of Smaug

8 Mar | $18

Find out how this legendary dragon from JRR Tolkien’s classic novel 'The Hobbit' was brought to life. Read more

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Documenting Disaster: Rebecca Macfie

8 Mar | $18

New Zealand journalist Rebecca Macfie on the mining tragedy that shook the nation. Read more

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Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvelous

8 Mar | FREE

Hear stories inspired by weird and wonderful museum objects. Read more

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Kei Reira Ngā Weriweri

9 Mar | $18

Learn to read a classic children’s picture book aloud in te reo Māori. Read more

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Having Faith In the 21st Century: Peter Biggs and Diarmaid MacCulloch

8 Mar | $18

Two candid friends of Christianity consider its past and future. Read more

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Unravelling the National Grid: Anne Kennedy

10 Mar | $18

Poet, novelist and screenwriter Anne Kennedy on illicit love, passion and embroidery. Read more

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THE GREAT ADVENTURE: MUSIC AND MOVING IMAGE FROM THE FRONT

7 Mar | $10

History will be brought to life in this special event that recreates a film show as it would have been experienced by audiences 100 years ago. Read more

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Writing A Life Less Ordinary

11 Mar | $18

From punk rock to babies – three extraordinary women talk about how their lives have shaped their work. Read more

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Life After eat, pray, love: Elizabeth Gilbert

11 Mar | $18

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert in conversation with Victoria University Professor Jane Stafford. Read more

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The Curioseum Overnight Adventure

Sold Out | 7 Mar | $100

An exciting night at Te Papa for young booklovers with a taste for the weird and wonderful. Read more

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Born Digital

11 Mar | $18

Is digital publishing the future or just one part of it? Read more

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Where We Might Fit: Kei Miller

10 Mar | $18

Jamaican-born, Scotland-based writer Kei Miller discusses life under two saltire flags with novelist Tina Makereti. Read more

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Idea + Design = Text?

10 Mar | $18

Discover what design really means with Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińsky. Read more

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Comicsville

10 Mar | $18

A showcase of one of the country’s most enduring and subversive artforms hits the shelves. Read more

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Live Drawing with Leo Timmers

Selling Fast | 10 Mar | $45

Practising illustrators keen to propel their work into hyperdrive are invited to a character development workshop with Belgian illustrator Leo Timmers. Read more

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Past Has Not Become Past Yet: Jaspreet Singh

10 Mar | $18

Jaspreet Singh wrestles with one of the most shocking moments in India’s history. Read more

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CANCELLED: Made to Burn: Rachel Kushner

10 Mar | $18

Due to Rachel Kushner being nominated for an award, The Folio Prize, she is no longer able to travel to New Zealand. Read more

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Cancelled: The Man That Books Built: Francis Spufford

Due to a family bereavement, Francis Spufford is no longer able to attend Writers Week. Read more

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The New New Zealand

9 Mar | $18

Once infamous for the conformity of its post-war society, is New Zealand becoming one of the most ethnically, economically and socially diverse countries on earth? Read more

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Letting the Ghosts In: Elizabeth Knox

12 Mar | $18

Award-winning New Zealand novelist Elizabeth Knox tells the stories behind her stories. Read more

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Money Makes The World Go Round: Loretta Napoleoni

9 Mar | $18

Decoding terrorist money laundering is all in a day’s work for best-selling Italian author and economist Loretta Napoleoni. Read more

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Ora Nui, Special Edition Launch

8 Mar | $18

A new collection of contemporary writing from the Indigenous people of the Antipodes. Read more

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A Rosie Glow: Graeme Simsion

10 Mar | $18

An autistic professor is the unlikely hero of former IT consultant Graeme Simsion’s “utterly winning screwball comedy” (NPR). Read more

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The Man In The Hat: Peter McLeavey

11 Mar | $5

A special screening of a documentary portrait of influential Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey. Read more

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Silence: A Christian History

11 Mar | $18

Diarmaid MacCulloch is one of Britain’s most distinguished living historians. Read more

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Stories Worth Killing For: Liam McIlvanney

11 Mar | $18

Dunedin-based Scottish writer Liam McIlvanney on the murky interface of crime and politics. Read more

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Bursting the Baby Bubble: Monica Dux

11 Mar | $18

Australian writer and social commentator Monica Dux unpacks modern myths of motherhood. Read more

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The Real Make-Believe World

11 Mar | $18

Three award-winning authors discuss the interplay between invention and fact in fiction. Read more

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2014 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture

10 Mar | FREE

Celebrated author and illustrator Gavin Bishop delivers a literary “state of the nation”. Read more

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Big Ideas For Breakfast

10 Mar – 12 Mar | FREE

Start your day the Writers Week way. Read more

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The Great Adventure Ends: Christopher Pugsley

12 Mar | $18

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Christopher Pugsley explores New Zealand’s military history. Read more

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True To Life: Renée

12 Mar | $18

Dramatist and fiction writer Renée reflects on her career to date. Read more

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Lost and Found in Translation: Jordi Puntí

12 Mar | $18

Jordi Puntí is a promising new voice of contemporary Catalan literature. Read more

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Five Poets and A Prize

11 Mar | $18

A special night of poetry readings and the presentation of the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award. Read more

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Elizabeth Gilbert

Sold Out | 10 Mar | $18

Hear Elizabeth Gilbert – best known for her 2006 internationally bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love – in conversation about her creative process. Read more

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Pacific Highways

12 Mar | $18

Influential Australian literary journal Griffith REVIEW has produced a truly original portrait of contemporary New Zealand culture. Read more

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First Published

11 Mar | FREE

Four exciting new voices offer observations and readings from their first books. Read more

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From Berlin to Wellington

11 Mar | $18

Two German authors converse about culture with poet Kate Camp, who recently spent time in Berlin. Read more

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The Exercise Book Live

7 Mar | $18

In a fun and interactive session, award-winning poet James Brown and students from the International Institute of Modern Letters will reveal how to energise your prose, poetry and scripts. Read more

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Copyright, Copy-Left

7 Mar | $45

Copyright law as it relates to books in New Zealand is under negotiation as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Read more

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It's Not Personal, It's Business

7 Mar | $45

The commercial side of having a book published can be difficult for an author to stomach – at any stage of their career. Read more

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High Tea with Terry Castle

Sold Out | 10 Mar | $65

Join Terry Castle, Stanford English professor and celebrated literary critic, for afternoon tea and an exploration of the joys and tribulations in the work and life of Jane Austen. Read more

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High Tea With Elizabeth Gilbert

Sold Out | 9 Mar | $65

Join Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert for tea, cake and wisdom as she discusses her great-grandmother’s recently republished cookbook memoir, At Home on the Range. Read more

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Jill Trevelyan

Door Sales | 9 Mar | $18

Curator, biographer and art collection manager Jill Trevelyan is especially interested in the lives and work of New Zealand’s painters. Read more

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Cancelled: Tan Twan Eng

Regrettably Tan Twang Eng has cancelled his appearance at the 2014 New Zealand Festival due to an injury which prevents him from travelling. Read more

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Book Launch: The Train to Paris

10 Mar | FREE

Text Publishing is pleased to invite you to a party to celebrate the publication of Sebastian Hampson's new work. Read more

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Book Launch: Dappled Annie and the Tigrish

9 Mar | FREE

Gecko Press, publishers of curiously good books, invites you to a party to celebrate Wellingtonian Mary McCallum’s first novel for children. Read more

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Victoria University Press Party and Book Launch

8 Mar | FREE

Victoria University Press welcomes all Writers Week authors and readers to the launch of two new works. Read more

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Ulf Stark

9 Mar | $18

One of Sweden’s best loved storytellers shares his views on writing for children. Read more

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CANCELLED: Book Launch: The Silent Division

7 Mar | FREE

John Douglas Publishing invites you to the launch of a new military history marking the centennial of the start of the Great War. Read more

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Reading for Readers

8 Mar | $45

In the information age, where volumes of reading material abound and time is ever-precious, what might help a reader to become more discerning? Read more

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Creating Readers

9 Mar | $18

Find out what the youth of today are reading and what they’d like to read next. Read more

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Based On A True Story

12 Mar | $18

What do playwrights owe to the histories that inspire them? Read more

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Reviewing the Reviewer: Terry Castle

9 Mar | $18

Terry Castle joins fellow critic Harry Ricketts for an hour of compelling conversation. Read more

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Book Launch: WHERE THE RĒKOHU BONE SINGS

6 Mar | FREE

Random House NZ invites you to the launch of Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti. Read more

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Alison Bechdel and Terry Castle

Sold Out | 8 Mar | $18

Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel joins critic and essayist Terry Castle for an eclectic afternoon of wit and wisdom. Read more

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The Bookmark Pass  

The ultimate Writers Week pass, with 25% off tickets to 15 events.

  • 15 tickets to Writers Week sessions at the Embassy and Downstage, with nearly 45 events to choose from.
  • A place at the front of the queue with a preferential booking period from 31 January to 6 February.
  • The Writers Week brochure in your letterbox on 30 January.

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The Take Five Pass  

A great little deal with 15% off tickets to five events.

  • Five tickets to Writers Week sessions at the Embassy and Downstage, with nearly 45 events to choose from.
  • A place at the front of the queue with a preferential booking period from 31 January to 6 February.
  • The Writers Week brochure in your letterbox on 30 January.

$75, or $70 for Friends

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