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When:

Wed 14 May 2008–Sun 18 May 2008, 4:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

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‘The 2007 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival was the best yet and, dare I say it, better than Wellington’s’. -- Roger Hall, NZ Herald, February 7th, 2008

Thousands are still talking about the success of last year’s Auckland Writers & Readers Festival. Festival organizers are delighted to announce yet another exceptional list of guests confirmed for the 2008 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival in May. Over 70 writers from around the country and 19 international guests from around the world will converge on stage at the Aotea Centre from Wednesday 14 May to Sunday 18 May 2008.

Stepping onto the Auckland stage in May: Man Booker Prize winners Anne Enright (The Gathering) and JM Coetzee (Diary of a Bad Year), Italian terrorism and economics expert Loretta Napoleoni (Terror Incorporated, Insurgent Iraq, Rogue Economics), food guru Michael Pollan (In Defence of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma), Dominican- American Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), hot-shot Lonely Planet scribe Thomas Kohnstamm (Do Travel Writers Go To Hell?), French writer Philippe Claudel (Grey Souls), from Australia Luke Davies (author of cult bestseller Candy), Gold Dagger winning crime fiction writer Peter Temple (The Broken Shore) and Derek Hansen (Remember Me), Canadians Ryan Knighton (Cockeyed) and Heather O’Neill (Lullabies for Little Criminals), Scottish poet and novelist John Burnside, British writers Sarah Hall (The Carhullan Army, Haweswater and Electric Michelangelo), ‘the most important living philosopher’ John Gray (Black Mass: Apocalyptic religion and the death of utopia and Straw Dogs), crime writer Mo Hayder (Ritual, Pig Island), eminent biographer Hermione Lee (Edith Wharton), historian and novelist Simon Montefiore (Sashenka, Young Stalin), and one of Granta’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’ Peter Ho Davies (The Welsh Girl).

Local writers include James McNeish, Duncan Sarkies, Shonagh Koea, Tusiata Avia, Lloyd Spencer Davis, Bernard Beckett, Kapka Kassabova, Sarah Laing, Laurence Fearnley, James Brown, Fiona Farrell, Roger Hall, James Griffin, George Gibbs, Karlo Mila, Carl Nixon, Louise Wareham Leonard, Joe Bennett, Steve Braunias, Fiona Kidman and many, many more.

Over 60 events, over 5 days – a veritable feast of solo sessions, zesty panel discussions and performance poetry - will feature international and New Zealand writers and commentators exploring a raft of ideas in fiction, poetry, songwriting, film, crime, current affairs, publishing, magazines, plays, history, food, biography, art, comedy, science, technology, television, terrorism, Auckland, memoir, travel, shipwrecks, pavlovas, relationships and philosophy.

The festival is made possible with the support of our sponsors and major funders: the ASB Community Trust, Creative New Zealand and the Lion Foundation; Gold Sponsor The New Zealand Listener; Silver Sponsors Auckland City, Crowne Plaza Auckland, Delmaine Fine Foods, THE EDGE® and The New Zealand Herald; and Bronze Sponsors Hachette Livre, HarperCollins Publishers, McGovern Online, Ngatarawa Wines, Penguin Books and Random House.

For full biographical information on international guests or to request an interview please contact:
Angela Radford | Festival Publicist | Ph 09 579 7351 | 0275 401104 angelaradford@xtra.co.nz

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