Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

10:00 am
19:00 pm
Central Dunedin

Kia ora koutou. We’ve got a cracking good line-up for you this May. If the ink with which you circle your ‘top picks’ runs riot over these pages and makes an unruly, crowded mess on this booklet, you’ll hear a great squeak of joy from us. We’re thrilled to welcome eight overseas guests to our corner: bestselling Irish novelist John Boyne; BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip-hop artist and author Akala; charisma-blessed English writer/performer Rebecca Vaughan (back for a third time, no less); two immensely talented picture- book author-illustrators on loan from France, Eric Veillé and Clotilde Perrin; and three of Australia’s brightest minds, novelist Markus Zusak, feminist author Clementine Ford and Australian Children’s Laureate Morris Gleitzman. Pair that vibrant lot with a bounty of top-shelf New Zealand talent and you’ve got yourself four days of terrific talk across 36 events, with a cast of over 60 participants. Our writers, illustrators and performers will serve up a peppy range of topics: murder, feminism, villains and grannies, fake news, race, class, distraction, boydom, the Dunedin Sound, hip-hop, Shakespeare, poetry, off-grid living, te reo Māori, misbehaving costumes, gender bending, Scarfie flats, mental health, masculinity, humour, comics, Captain Cook’s one-handed cook, the writing process, comics, history’s scent and motherhood. We hope you gorge yourself silly on these events. And thanks for picking this programme up – your festival keenness is our favourite thing. Now get that pen out and start circling...