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 email@example.com
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?