This is the first festival with new programme directors. The programme offers the usual eclectic mix of conversations in a great setting with good food. A family festival, in a way.
There are a few poetry highlights but gone are the little poetry interludes breaking up the sessions. I miss that.
Emma Neale is the Curnow Reader.
Albert Wendt is giving the keynote address.
Serie Barford and Gregory Kan are in a session with Robert Sullivan.
On Saturday night there is the poetry slam with judges yet to be announced.
I am chairing a session with Sue Orr and Helen Margaret Waaka: ‘In Small Places …’
A few things I don’t want to miss:
Emma Neale: What happens when trauma transforms our children? Emma Neale offers up a lyrical exploration of parenthood that is both funny and disarmingly frank. She’ll discuss her new novel with writer Siobhan Harvey.
Damien Wilkins and Sue Orr in conversation on writing, teaching and Damien’s Dad Art, a vibrant novel about the capacity for surprise and renewal.
Barbara Brookes shares the story behind her ground-breaking A History of New Zealand Women with Judith Pringle, looking at the shaping of New Zealand through a female lens.
Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd joins lifelong music fan John Campbell to share his memories of the label’s early days and the spirit of adventure and independence that took its sound to the world.
Full programme here.