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May 5, 2019

Steff appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival

Concerts & Grog Fests, Metalheads Who Read, Rage against the manuscript

If you’re in Auckland 13-19th May, you might like to check out the Auckland Writers Festival. This is the largest event for writers and readers in NZ, and this year it features a star-studded literally lineup including Jeff Tweedy, Douglas Coupland, Lloyd Jones, Sir Antony Beaver, Paula Morris, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and me.

Join me and a host of other writers at large, writers let loose for Literally Lorne – literature takes to the dens and alleys of Auckland’s Lorne Street and surrounds in the Friday night fiesta.

There’ll be a specially commissioned short detective story from the Scotsman Liam McIlvanney read at the Central Library basement by ultraviolet torchlight; high-spirited writing exercises at the Academy Cinema; inspired writing at Gow Langsford art gallery; fun-and-games storytelling and typography at DesignWorks; and letters to James K. Baxter in the St James Theatre Lobby. Plus Friday Poem readings, and short poems with sweet cookies from The Receptionist coffee kiosk – all presented by an array of the writing great and good. 

It’s like a fun, free literary pub crawl/scavenger hunt. You start at 6PM at the first venue and follow the crawl along Lorne street, visiting all the different events for 15 minutes each. It’s totally free and you’re going to love it!

I am at the DesignWorks event with two other writers. We’ve put together three sections of a story, but we were only allowed to know the first and last line of each section. It’s like that kid’s game where you draw the head of a monster, fold it over and give it to the next kid to draw the body, and then the next kid draws the legs. It’s going to be hilarious. Come meet my literary monster and sample some of the best in New Zealand writing – all for free.

See the full writers festival programme here. The Literary Lorne event details are here. I’ll be hanging around other festival events on Thursday and Friday so if you see me, come say hi!