& Readers Festival
The Stars Are Out Tonight
Seven of our dazzling international festival stars come out for the night, introduced by John Campbell, book lover and tireless champion for Christchurch. Sample morsels of the weekend literary feast to come and be entertained, delighted and moved as our writers speak, read, sing and perform on the topic of brightness.
Eleanor Catton (NZ) Novelist, The Luminaries
Diane Setterfield (UK) Novelist, The Thirteenth Tale and Bellman & Black
Damon Young (AU) Philosopher, author of How to Think About Exercise and Philosophy in the Garden
NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) Novelist, We Need New Names
Anis Mojgani (USA) Performance poet, author of Songs From Under the River
Meg Wolitzer (USA) Novelist, The Interestings
Kristin Hersh (USA) Singer, songwriter, author of Paradoxical Undressing
When: Friday, 29 August 7.30pm
Who: Eleanor Catton, Meg Wolitzer, NoViolet Bulawayo, Anis Mojgani, Diane Setterfield, Damon Young, Kristin Hersh. Hosted by John Campbell
What: Seven of the festival’s international stars speak, read, sing and perform on the topic of brightness.
Venue: Transitional Cathedral
Price: $35/ $33Buy Tickets
Christchurch audiences get the chance to tune into the extraordinary mind and talent of the 2013 Man Booker Prize winner, Eleanor Catton, in the beautiful setting of the city’s Transitional Cathedral.
Her first novel, The Rehearsal, published in 2008, won her critical acclaim, but it was The Luminaries, set on the West Coast goldfields in the 1860s, and weaving a complex and exquisitely patterned network out of the fates and fortunes of 12 local men, that propelled her to international fame last year, when she became the youngest ever winner of the world’s most prestigious fiction award. Eleanor Catton talks to writer Kate de Goldi about writing, fame, the West Coast and much more.
When: Saturday, 30 August 5pm
Who: Eleanor Catton
What: The extraordinary and talented Man Booker winner, Eleanor Catton, in conversation with Kate de Goldi.
Venue: Transitional Cathedral
Price: $25/ $23Buy Tickets
As an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian, Luke Harding has been on the front line of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria and, most recently, reported from Ukraine.
He was once the newspaper’s bureau chief in Moscow until Russia expelled him, an experience he describes in Mafia State: How one reporter became the enemy of the brutal new Russia. His latest book, The Snowden Files, recounts the extraordinary drama and impact of the global spying revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, and has recently been snapped up by Oliver Stone for film adaptation. Topical and important, this session on international politics is not to be missed. Chaired by fellow journalist Toby Manhire.
When: Friday, 29 August 5.30pm
Who: Luke Harding
What: Guardian journalist Luke Harding talks about his new book 'The Snowden Files' and more with Toby Manhire.
Venue: Rydges Savoy West
Price: $18/ $16Buy Tickets