FRIDAY 14 MAY, 6:00-7:30pm
ALL EVENTS FREE
Writers take to the streets in and around Karangahape Road in a Friday night extravaganza of literary treats. It’s fast, it’s fun, and full of surprises. Experience thought-provoking mayhem as more than 40 brilliant writers appear in unexpected places. Proudly brought to you by Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi O Tamaki entirely free of charge!
HOW IT WORKS:
4 x 15-minute simultaneous sessions take place in bespoke locations at 6.00-6.15pm, 6.25-6.40pm, 6.50-7.05pm, 7.15-7.30pm. A 10-minute break between sessions allows enough time to race off to the next venue.
And if you have a moment to spare, puzzle over the poems on the corner of Karangahape Rd, Pitt St and Mercury Lane and enter the draw to win one of two $100 vouchers for a night out on Karangahape Road.
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MY DAEMON @ THE GREEN DOLPHIN
82 PITT STREET
Rodent? Raven? Raccoon? Green Dolphin? What’s your daemon? In Philip Pullman’s classic His Dark Materials trilogy every person has a daemon, a small animal representation of their “soul” providing a shorthand into their true nature. Writers reveal their own daemons in readings that expose their secret selves, and graphic artist Theo Macdonald will interpret what they conjure up in a live drawing.
All Sessions: Theo Macdonald
CHECK IN WITH SNAPCHAT DUDE @ CHECKS DOWNTOWN
84 PITT STREET
Tom Sainsbury is in the changing room, but who will emerge? Will it be The Drinking Mum, a Quarter Acre Sectioner, a Stingy Kiwi, a Knitter or another character from his book New Zealanders:The Field Guide? We won’t know until the curtain is drawn back.
All sessions: Tom Sainsbury
SHINING LAND @ HARU SAMESHIMA’S STUDIO
ROOM 103/1ST FLOOR, 203 KARANGAHAPE RD
There is a meeting place at the end of the world. Robin Hyde.
Take the stairs and turn left into the wondrous interior of Haru Sameshima’s photographic studio where his stunning images will illuminate readings by Paula Morris. Their beautiful collaboration, Shining Land, takes you to the places where acclaimed New Zealand writer Robin Hyde once existed in her artistic and troubled life.
Upstairs – limited access.
THE MEDIUM AND THE MESSAGE @ THE WARREN
2A CROSS STREET
Within A Typographic Journey, author Tara McLeod says the privilege of setting a writer’s work carries with it the responsibility of honouring the work’s integrity. Inside a community workshop, Tara introduces a selected poem, before Graham Judd reveals the raw beauty of the words on his enchanting old-world 1833 Albion letterpress printer, and the poet reads. Take home a signed hand-printed copy.
Limited to 20 people.
6.00-6.15pm Bill Manhire
6.25-6.40pm Ria Masae
6.50-7.05pm Jackson Nieuwland
7.15-7.30pm Elizabeth Morton
THE STREET AS CHARACTER @ STRANGE GOODS
281 KARANGAHAPE ROAD
Karangahape Road has always been the most vivacious, iconic, colourful, and notorious street in all of Aotearoa – a great character in itself. We asked writers to take a photograph somewhere, anywhere on Karangahape Rd and then share a small fiction with us around that image.
BEAUTIFUL THINKS @ BEAUTIFUL THINGS
16 EAST STREET
Shocking, funny, or dripping with irony, words on statement tees have emblazoned chests and derailed oncoming pedestrians since the 1960s. Inside Beautiful Things gallery writers tell a story and the punchline will be revealed on the t-shirt they are wearing.
You can even order one to wear yourself from Beautiful Things.
CNR KARANGAHAPE RD & MERCURY LANE
Take a moment to read the intriguing poems on the corner windows. All the food words have been redacted and it’s up to you to guess what the poet meant them to be. Guess correctly and be in the draw to win one of two $100 vouchers for a restaurant of your choice on Karangahape Road (courtesy of the Karangahape Road Business Association).
FREEWRITE @ FREEBIRD
258 KARANGAHAPE ROAD
Ernest Hemingway once famously crafted a story in six words: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. What can you capture in six carefully chosen words? We’ve lined some old-school typewriters for you to deliver your own six-word story. Have a drink, have a think, and enter our competition to win a stack of books.