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Books, Poetry and Performance at Going West Books and Writer

When:

Fri 11 Sep 2009, 7:00pm–11:00pm
Sat 12 Sep 2009, 9:00am–7:00pm
Sun 13 Sep 2009, 9:00am–7:00pm

Where: Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full weekend: $130.00
  • Concession weekend: $110.00
  • Friday night full: $30.00
  • Saturday full: $50.00
  • Sunday full: $85.00
  • Single session: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: SWPR Ltd

A world premiere performance, a free afternoon featuring a behind-the-scenes look at 'Outrageous Fortune' and a stunning line-up of leading contemporary writers feature at the Going West Books and Writers Festival 2009 Literary Weekend 'By Buy Bye The Book'.
The literary weekend is the main highlight of Going West Books and Writers Festival and takes place from 11-13 September at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.
Now in its 14th year, the Festival celebrates the work of New Zealand writers and wordsmiths.
The weekend begins on Friday night at 6.30pm and this year’s keynote speaker is writer, comedian, amateur historian and raconteur Te Radar who is sure to be entertaining and enlightening.
Also on Friday night, Going West Books and Writers Festival is proud to present the world premiere of North:South – inspired by Glenn Colquhoun’s epic poetry cycle of the same name, where the gods and goddesses of Maori and Celtic mythology meet, clash and fall in love. The poet and the combined musical might of Richard Nunns (taonga pūoro) and Bob Bickerton (celtic musician) bring this riotous tale to life.
Going West Books and Writers Festival is the only New Zealand literature festival which focuses solely on New Zealand writers and wordsmiths. Every year the weekend draws leading contemporary writers to discuss, debate and entertain.
At this year’s festival, Dame Anne Salmond provides a sneak preview of her new book Aphrodite’s Island ahead of its publication, and we hear from Kate De Goldi, whose novel The 10pm Question won the NZ Post’s Young Adult Ficition and Book of the Year awards and was runner-up in the Fiction category and won the Readers Choice Award at the 2009 Montana Book Awards.
Distinguished professor of English Brian Boyd shines a light on the origins of storytelling from Homer’s Odyssey to Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, and we gain an insight into the extraordinary life of Dorothy Butler. Poets Bill Manhire, Harry Ricketts, Kevin Ireland and Selina Tusitala Marsh share their work while celebrity chef Richard Till talks about championing th food we grew up on and rustles up something to eat!
On Saturday, a FREE afternoon, Westside Forever, celebrates West Auckland writers and features a behind-the-scenes look at the West’s very own award-winning TV show Outrageous Fortune with co-creators James Griffin and Rachel Lang together with Robyn Malcolm (Cheryl) and Simon Prast.
Plus there’s discussion with the authors of WEST– the history of Waitakere, Ruth Kerr and Finlay Macdonald; Sandra Coney introduces her new book Piha – Guardians of the Iron Sands, tracing the first 75 years of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club and its “proud tradition of (volunteer) guards as tough as its surf”; Titirangi’s Lyn Loates and Michele Powles join critic David Larsen to talk about writing and their first novels, Butterscotch and Weathered Bones respectively; and there’s the launch of the new book The Ironbound Coast – Karekare in the Early Years, edited by Mayor Bob Harvey.
Saturday night features a special one-night-only performance of Te Radar’s Eating The Dog – a comedy show which celebrates the lives of the misfits, the failures and those who died trying. Tickets for Te Radar’s Eating The Dog are sold separately and are $20 each from www.eventfinder.co.nz.
Two very special sessions feature on Sunday: Panther Rapp featuring Polynesian Panther Party members Will ‘Ilolahia and Dr Melani Anae together with special guest Emory Douglas* of the US Black Panther Party (*as part of the Elam Artist in Residence programme at The University of Auckland); and Give Peace a Chance: A celebration of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear stance with Phil Dadson of From Scratch and the screening of Gregor Nicholas’ Cannes/Midem Visual Music Awards Grand Prix winning film Pacific 321 Zero.
For the full programme and to book tickets, visit www.goingwest.co.nz or phone 09 836 8000 x8167.

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