March 12, 2020
Heavyweight line up for Auckland Writers Festival
Once Were Warriors’ author Alan Duff is being described as one of the heavyweights among the 41 international literary luminaries and 222 New Zealand writers, thinkers, facilitators and panelists lined up for the 2020 Auckland Writers Festival.
Waituhi o Tāmaki will run from May 12 to 17 at the Aotea Centre and other Auckland venues.
Other heavyweights include former Irish president and climate justice champion Mary Robinson; Pulitzer winner and former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power; and Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong will appear via SKYPE.
Moana Jackson will talk on decolonisation and Casketeers Francis and Kaiora Tipene will chat about undertaking.
Haare Williams speaks te reo Māori; Hēmi Kelly will teach a Māori phrase a day, and New Zealand novelist and essayist Tina Makereti has programmed four sessions with writers including Hinemoana Baker, Renee, Essa May Ranapiri, Nic Low and two-spirit first nations writer Joshua Whitehead.
The full festival programme is here:
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