STREETSIDE: Karangahape

FRIDAY 14 MAY, 6:00-7:30pm

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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.

Hei Reira!

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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.

6.00-6.15pm Stephanie Johnson, Graci Kim, essa may ranapiri

6.25-6.40pm Laura Jean McKay, Kyle Mewburn, Arihia Latham

6.50-7.05pm Jacquie McRae, Nathan Joe, Ted Dawe

7.15-7.30pm Michael Botur, Steff Green, Zirk van den Berg

All Sessions: Theo Macdonald

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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.

All sessions: Paula Morris, Haru Sameshima

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

All sessions: Tara McLeod, Graham Judd

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.

6.00-6.15pm Richard Pamatatau, Pip McKay, Rebecca K Reilly

6.25-6.40pm Pip Adam, Siobhan Harvey, Fiona Sussman

6.50-7.05pm Leanne Radojkovich, Michel Mulipola, Fardowsa Mohamed

7.15-7.30pm Jack Remiel Cottrell, Kirsten McKenzie, Agatha Zaza

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
.

6.00-6.15pm Danyl McLauchlan, Saraid de Silva

6.25-6.40pm Susanna Gendall, Daren Kamali

6.50-7.05pm Joshua Iosefo-Williams, Amy McDaid

7.15-7.30pm Lynette Leong, Melani Anae

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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).

6.00-7.30pm

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.

6.00-7.30pm

STREETSIDE: KARANGAHAPE IS SUPPORTED BY:

Auckland Council

Karangahape Road Business Association

The City Centre Targeted Rate

Special thanks to participating venues