STREETSIDE: Beresford

FRIDAY 26 AUGUST, 6:15-7:45pm

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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!

Download the event map and print out at home

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.


6.15-6.30pm Gigi Fenster, Alex Stone, Simone Kaho

6.40-6.55pm Lee Murray, Tim Grgec, Nithya Narayanan

7.05-7.30pm Abbas Nazari, Frances Valintine, James Russell

7.30-7.45pm Rebecca Hawkes, Tim Higham, Ashia Ismail-Singer

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.


6.15-6.30pm Anne Kennedy & Vanessa Kelly; Serie Barford & Eamon Edmundson-Wells

6.40-6.55pm Tayi Tibble & Harpistina; Joanna Preston & Joella Pinto

6.15-6.30pm Anne Kennedy & Vanessa Kelly; Serie Barford & Eamon Edmundson-Wells

6.40-6.55pm Tayi Tibble & Harpistina; Joanna Preston & Joella Pinto

STEAMY STORIES @ CENTURIAN SAUNA

18 BERESFORD SQUARE

Venture upstairs to Centurian Sauna – if you dare – where steamy stories await. For the adventurous and the bold, this event is R18.

6.15-6.30pm Samuel Te Kani, Whiti Hereaka

6.40-6.55pm Kirsten McDougall, Dan Goodwin

7.05-7.30pm Chris Tse, Katy Soljak

7.30-7.45pm Diana Clarke, Megan Dunn

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

6.40-6.55pm Karlo Mila, Nicole Titihuia Hawkins

7.05-7.30pm Elizabeth Knox, Rebecca K Reilly

7.30-7.45pm Nick Bollinger, Erny Belle

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

6.40-6.55pm Lizzie Harwood, Michael Bennett, Amie McDaid

7.05-7.30pm Angelique Kasmara, Dominic Hoey, Rosetta Allan

7.30-7.45pm David Burt, Saraid de Silva, Graeme Lay

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).

6.15-7.45pm

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