FRIDAY 26 AUGUST, 6:15-7:45pm
ALL FREE EVENTS
Sparks will fly in and around Beresford Square as writers light up venues with wonderful, surprising, revealing words. More than 50 brilliant writers (and musicians) appear in unexpected places, set to inspire and move you. It’s fast and fun, and will get your brain whirring – there’s so much to take in. Proudly brought to you by Auckland Writers Festival Waihuhi O Tāmaki. Entirely free of charge.
HOW IT WORKS:
How it works: 4 x 15 minute simultaneous sessions take place in bespoke locations at 6.15-6.30pm, 6.40-6.55pm, 7.05-7.20pm, 7.30-7.45pm. A 10-minute break between sessions allows enough time to race off to the next venue.
When you have a moment to spare, visit “the cut-up” inside GILT on the corner, dazzle us with your own “found” poem (we’ll provide the materials), display it on the window, and you could win fabulous prizes. And don’t forget to drop by the pop-up bookshop to pick up the writers’ books. Hei reira!
TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE @ NORTHERN LINE BAR & SOCIAL
6 BERESFORD SQUARE
In a year when travel has been tricky, in a bar inspired by the Northern Line, squeezed in next to a train station building site, a stellar line-up of writers reveal the places they have been thinking about … dreaming about … writing about. NB: Stories may or may not contain trains.
SONGS OF A POEM @ SOAP DANCE HALL
12 BERESFORD SQUARE
Beautiful words inspire musical interpretations as the four 2022 Ockham NZ Book Awards poetry finalists pair up with talented musicians from the Ockham Collective to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. The poets read, the musicians respond, magic may happen.
STEAMY STORIES @ CENTURIAN SAUNA
HE ATUA, HE TANGATA
POSTERS ON WINDOWS OF 16-18 BERESFORD SQUARE
AW Reed, one of Aotearoa’s oldest publishers, once had their HQ at 16-18 Beresford Square. Celebrating the recent update of the beloved Reed title – He Atua, He Tangata: The World of Māori Mythology – seven poets, writers and illustrators provide their own stunning interpretations of atua.
6.15-7.45pm Gavin Bishop, Amber Esau, Nicole Titihuia Hawkins, Steph Matuku, Te Kahu Rolleston, Robert Sullivan, Mat Tait
IN GOOD COMPANY @ RM GALLERY
3 SAMOA HOUSE LANE
Inside a gallery that places the work of emerging artists alongside more seasoned artists, four acclaimed writers have chosen exciting new talent to showcase their work in conversational couplets.
6.15-6.30pm Lloyd Jones, Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle
CONVERSATIONS IN BARS @ RED BAR
59 PITT STREET
Fictional characters, drink in hand, often have conversations that change the dynamics of everything. Words leap off the page in Red Bar as authors deliver a quick shot from their recent literary works featuring a conversation set in a bar.
6.15-6.30pm Bryan Walpert, Madeleine Eskedahl, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins
THE CUT-UP @ GILT
CNR PITT STREET & BERESFORD SQUARE
Put your creative juices to work and make a found poem from cut-ups inside GILT. Display you genius creation on the window and you could win fabulous prizes – a hair restyling to the value of $350 from the artisans at GILT, or one of two $100 vouchers for a restaurant of your choice on Karangahape Road (courtesy of the Karangahape Road Business Association).
POP-UP SHOP @ CITY RAIL LINK INFO HUB
4 BERESFORD SQUARE
Take their words home with you. Drop into the pop-up Festival bookshop where you can purchase the books of the STREETSIDE: BERESFORD writers.
STREETSIDE: BERESFORD IS SUPPORTED BY:
Auckland Council and the City Centre Targeted Rate; and Link Alliance
Special thanks to participating venues