Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Auckland Writers Festival

The Programme - 14th - 18th May
The new site for the Auckland Writers Festival is up and running. They have details of this year’s line up – including :Man Booker Prize winners Anne Enright (The Gathering) and JM Coetzee (Diary of a Bad Year), Italian terrorism and economics expert Loretta Napoleoni (Terror Incorporated, Insurgent Iraq, Rogue Economics), food guru Michael Pollan (In Defence of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma)
Dominican-American Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), hot-shot Lonely Planet scribe Thomas Kohnstamm (Do Travel Writers Go To Hell?), French writer Philippe Claudel (Grey Souls), from Australia Luke Davies (author of cult bestseller Candy), Gold Dagger winning crime fiction writer Peter Temple (The Broken Shore) and Derek Hansen (Remember Me), Canadians Ryan Knighton (Cockeyed) and Heather O’Neill (Lullabies for Little Criminals),

Scottish poet and novelist John Burnside, British writers Sarah Hall (The Carhullan Army, Haweswater and Electric Michelangelo), ‘the most important living philosopher’ John Gray (Black Mass: Apocalyptic religion and the death of utopia and Straw Dogs), crime writer Mo Hayder (Ritual, Pig Island), eminent biographer Hermione Lee (Edith Wharton), historian and novelist Simon Montefiore (Sashenka, Young Stalin), and one of Granta’s ‘Best Young British Novelists’ Peter Ho Davies (The Welsh Girl).

The Pitch
The site was sponsored and built by McGovern Online as part of their ongoing support for the New Zealand arts and cultural sector.

The new build gives the Festival organisers the tools they need to organise the content – keep the events up to date – and of course help them make all the linkages out to the rest of the web.

The Festival team are really good at using these tools - see for example the author pages – not only can you see what events he or she is involved in, you’ll also get links reviews, fan sites, and of course, when they exist , to the authors own online home.

Personal Schedule
Also new for this year is the Personal Schedule tool – so visitors to the site can plan their own festival itinerary, then send it to a friend to help plan and share the event. You can also bookmark your own schedule , and share it as a web address.

Festival Blog
There is also a new blogging feature. This will be run by the Festival staff. It will also include versions of their famous e-mail newsletters.

It’s also been confirmed that there will be wifi access in the venue, so in contrast to the problems you had in Wellington, this years Auckland Festival will be totally onside with the local blog sphere!.

All up, I’m pretty proud of this puppy, and would love people take it for a test drive., and strat planning for the 14th - to 18th May.


Kebabette said...

Thanks Paul, I've had a go and doing my schedule - it is going to be really useful to be able to share it.

Christchurch City Libraries will be blogging again from the festival - with a bigger team of us there.

Donna, CCL

Anonymous said...

are you recommending anyone blogging etc use a special tag so it can be finded in technorati etc

like AkWF08

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