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Words Will Work — South Auckland Writers Festival


Fri 26 Oct 2018, 1:30pm–8:30pm
Sat 27 Oct 2018, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Metro Theatre (Mangere East Hall), 351 Massey Rd, Mangere, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: infotwbl

The inaugural Words Will Work — South Auckland Writers Festival, 26 and 27 October 2018, held in Mangere East. The more general talks are in the beautiful old Metro Theatre while other smaller workshops are in the Library next door, or in the Mangere East Community Centre, directly behind the Library.

The South Auckland Writers Festival is to inspire writers to write. We believe writing can lift people’s spirits, allowing them to share common human strengths and frailties.

We have 18 writers to inspire young and old, beginning with two children’s authors, Robyn Murray and Helen Tau’au Filisi.

Robyn has published nearly a dozen children’s books including Roger the Rooster of Ambury Park. Helen Tau’au Filisi is a prolific writer with her 15th book being launched on the 29th of September at Otahuhu library. These Authors are appearing in the Mangere East library on Friday afternoon.

Michel Mulipola is a graphic novelist and is running a workshop on the Friday afternoon/evening.
Michel has described his life creating graphic novels as living his dream.

The Action Education team are running a performance poetry workshop on the Friday evening for young people.

Michael Bennett and Ant Sang will create a live demonstration projected onto a screen showing the way in which a graphic novel develops.

First thing Saturday morning Jo Emeney and Ros Ali deliver a workshop for designed for young people aged 15-25. They are the programme facilitators for the Michael King young writers programme.

Deborah Shepard is running a workshop on memoir and the spaces are very limited so please secure your ticket now. Deborah teaches introductory classes in Memoir, Journal Writing and Biography at the university of Auckland Public Programmes.

Jacquie McRae explores the question; What really holds the writer back? In her presentation ‘changing the lens’

A panel discussion with Rosetta Allan, Ian Austin, James George and Jacquie McRae, covers crime writing and research and the interviewer is Andrea Jutson. We are thrilled to be able to offer you such an exciting panel of authors, don’t miss this event.

Janice Marriot. - Story ideas come from the life you have lived – With more than a dozen awards and countless titles, Janice’s expertise will be invaluable in helping you find the gems in your own life story.

A workshop with Thalia Henry and Anne Kayes - Elements of creative prose writing.
A workshop with Jane Bissell – Journal writing and life writing.
At the end of the day Brian Thurogood explains the art of Self – publishing.

Third year students from Manukau Institute of technology’s creative writing programme will be presenting work from their portfolios. Introduced by Anne Kennedy.

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