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2020 WINTER SERIES Ep 6: Olivia Hayfield, Peter Stanford, Elizabeth Knox

Note that episode starts at 4:55

The 2020 Auckland Writers Festival WINTER SERIES streams live and free-to-view on the Festival’s YouTube and Facebook channels, 9am every Sunday morning 3 May - 26 July, and is then available for later viewing here on our website.

Episode 6 features:

OLIVIA HAYFIELD (England / Aotearoa New Zealand) Writer and editor Sue Copsey has released her first adult novel under the pseudonym Olivia Hayfield. Wife After Wife is a humorous modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII - in this version, Harry Rose, a 21st century womanising media mogul.

PETER STANFORD (England) Journalist Peter Stanford’s latest book, Angels: A Visible and Invisible Mystery, is a thought-provoking and entertaining look at the origins of angels in religion, history, psychology and wider culture. previous books include biographies of Pope Joan, Judas, the devil, and Martin Luther, he regularly writes on religion and ethics for newspapers and the BBC.

ELIZABETH KNOX (Aotearoa New Zealand) Elizabeth Knox is the author of 13 novels, three novellas and a collection of essays. Her latest, The Absolute Book, is a widely acclaimed epic novel that moves between real and fantasy worlds. She won several major Book Awards for The Vintner’s Luck and Dreamquake, and was granted an ONZM in this year's Queen’s Birthday Honours.

HOST: PAULA MORRIS (Aotearoa New Zealand) Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. The 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, she teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature.


This series provides an opportunity to champion New Zealand and international books that were to feature at our now-cancelled May Festival, we encourage you to support writers and NZ publishers and booksellers and the featured books can be purchased here.

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