The Starling set returns, with six dazzling young writers. Nightmares, paper boats, rabbits and moons: hear work from the most recent issues of Starling, an online journal publishing the best poetry and prose by New Zealand writers under 25 years. Featuring Henrietta Bollinger, Leah Dodd, Sharon Lam, Olivia Nonoa, Yasmin Nouri and Zoe Higgins.
Five talented writers find in each other’s work the extraordinary bad things that make their writing so good. Pushing form and imagining more are writers Louise Wallace, Faith Wilson, Liz Breslin, Annabel Hawkins and Miria George.
With the current state of world affairs, the migrant journey is an illuminating and vital story to be shared. In this session three talented writers will discuss their experiences migrating to New Zealand and the challenges and triumphs they faced in their journey to success. Featuring Giovanni Tiso, Daniela Dragas, Diane Comer, and Rajorshi Chakraborti.
“It was a rainy night. It was the myth of a rainy night”— Jack Kerouac, On The Road.
Five writers offer up fragments of their own myth making. Gather around for readings that overlay the universe with fresh openings to new worlds. Featuring Lee Posna, Valerie Arvidson, Emily Perkins, Dan Rabarts, and Lee Murray.
Witness Mimicry, a local journal for emerging artists, cram a heinous number of writers into one messy moshpit of a set. Readings by Chris Tse, Mia Gaudin, Eamonn Marra, Ines Almeida, Sam Irwin, Nina Powles, Erik Kennedy, Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly, Vincent Konrad.
Writing about the arts is essential for a healthy GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) ecology. But is Aotearoa’s GLAM sector ready for robust criticism? With Bridget Reweti, Courtney Johnston, the co-founders of Tusk – Emergent Culture, Matariki Williams and Nina Finigan will discuss criticism, writing and the digital landscape as a means to create and occupy a free/radical space in an ever-shifting cultural environment.
Six stylish writers meet in one of Wellington’s most iconic spots to read each other’s work and describe live how the work of that writer translates into fashion… Featuring Tayi Tibble, Kirsten McDougall, Pip Adam, Sarah Webster, and Jess Holly Bates.
Dominic “Tourettes” Hoey and Skyscraper Stan will entertain the LitCrawl crowds with their tales of love, loss and madness. Though they work in different mediums both artists share a love of language and an unflinching critique of society in their work.
Jesse Mulligan hosts Radio New Zealand’s Short Story Book Club… Live! Join Jesse along with Tracy Farr and Elizabeth Heritage to discuss stories shortlisted from submissions. Submit your short story for consideration for discussion at email@example.com. Stories must be received by Monday 30 October. Read the Short Stories here!
Toby Manhire and Toby Morris bring their award-winning RNZ collaboration to the stage as Toby Manhire interviews guests while Toby Morris does live illustrations to commemorate the occasion and capture the conversations. Guests to be announced.
Paul Stanley Ward, Bill Nelson, John Summers, Richard Hall, Harriet McKnight and Laura Williamson read their works exploring the wilderness and the reflections that come from adventuring beyond the confines of city life, and inhabiting a non-human world.
Steve Braunias and Paula Morris are going to get very heated about the state of book reviewing in Aotearoa. There to throw a spanner in the works or perhaps put his body on the line, if things get really bad, will be reviewer Danyl McLachlan.
Six New Zealanders tell a story in response to this year’s theme, Quiet Revolutions. Unscripted, unsupported by notes or powerpoints or cue cards, this is storytelling in its purest form: from the heart. Featuring: Makerita Urale, Witi Ihimaera, Hemi Kelly, Renèe, Lucy Revill, Rajorshi Chakraborti and Eamonn Marra. Supported by the New Zealand Book Council.
LaQuisha St Redfern talks with playwright Victor Rodger about life, writing and Wellington. Victor is an acclaimed writer of such plays as Sons, Black Faggot, and My Name is Gary Cooper. LaQuisha is a performance artist, blogger, writer and much-loved Wellingtonian.
Nestle in for readings from Aotearoa’s steamiest new journal Aotearotica, featuring writing and art from New Zealand and beyond. In this special LitCrawl session, you’ll hear from editor, Laura Borrowdale, as well as from contributors Dylan Horrocks, Sarah Laing, and Monica Macansantos.
There’s a lot to get fired up about these days. Five writers read and discuss writing as protest and channeling their activism through the page. Hosted by Action Station’s Marianne Elliott, and featuring Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Janis Freegard and Rachel Stewart.
Celebrate with Michalia Arathimos the launch of her novel, Aukati (Mākaro Press). Joining her is special guest Vana Manasiadis who will lead a lively conversation into what Greekness means in Aotearoa. 'The story tumbles thrillingly and the lives it dramatises feel urgent because we are watching them take shape. If you like your fiction as I do - morally complex, tied up with large social and cultural forces, but never losing sight of how people actually live their lives - then Aukati is your next read.' -- Damien Wilkins
22. On the Soapbox: 4th Floor online journal launch
Whitireia, they’re terrific. They’ve got students. They’ve got tutors. And they’re terrific. But some of them are bad writers who lie. So we’re taking their lies and we’re putting them in 4th Floor. This year’s theme: Alternative Facts. Feat: Johanna Knox, Jackson Nieuwland, Nicola Easthope, Wesley Hollis, Mary Little and Helen Vivienne Fletcher. www.4thfloorjournal.co.nz #Make4thFloorGreatAgain
“The best thing about Auckland is that it’s close to Hamilton”— Steve Braunias. Writers read and regale with their tales in praise of that magical city, Hamilton. Featuring Faith Wilson, Essa Morris, Thomasin Sleigh and Jesse Mulligan.
When disabled writers claim their voice and share their inner world, the parameters of what it means to be human broaden. Three authors provide insight into their lives, discussing their personal experience living with a disability with a certain frankness and wit. In sharing their stories, these authors introduce a new view of heritage, hospital beds and lunatics taking over the asylum. Featuring Trish Harris, Mary O'Hagan and Robyn Hunt