Saturday, 31 March 2007

auckland writers festival opening for business

The new site for the 2007 Auckland Writers Festival is now live and open to your attention. The festival runs from May 24th to the 27th, 2007.

Creative Directors Peter Wells and Stephanie Johnson initiated meetings with a group of like-minded friends in order to set up the first Auckland Writers' Festival in 1999. The Festival is now run by the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival Charitable Trust. Its now an annual event. This year at the Aotea Centre.

This years web site is at http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/- there is a lovely email newsletter, subscribe on site, which is part of the great work down by the festival staff Jill Rawnsley, and Shona Gow.

Believe me, this newsletter has fans .

Christchurch City Library did a brilliant write up on the 2005 festival. THey even sent one of their staff to cover it. I thought this was a brilliant idea at the time, and totally encourage a repeat performance both by them and other libraries.

The Festival organisers, also love volunteers: duties include include backstage, front-of-house and author signing management. It's good fun, and you get to meet plenty of interesting people and, heat, you might want to blog it.

There is also a T shirt! Who could refuse Contact the Festival Office for more details, and to get involved. 09 376 8074 aucklandwriters@xtra.co.nz

As for the web site - check out the new my festival feature etc. Oh - and by the way - this is a mcgovern online fully sponsored gig . It is our contribution to the world of Auckland books - writers and readers - and yeah - you bet, I'm biased. That web address once again?
http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/