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What Not To Miss At The Auckland Writers Festival 2018

By Grace Noles
2nd May 2018

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Calling all journos, poets, writers, performers, readers, and playwrights: the Auckland’s Writers Festival is back for another year with the best international and local acts of the literary world.

The festival runs from the 15th May to 20th May and 2018 sees 207 public events with more than 230 of the world’s most creative minds. We’ve found the crème de la crème of the festival this year, so get those diaries out and start planning!

There’s something for everyone this year, and for all the deets on the festival and where to buy tickets, head here!

An Evening With Robert Webb

One of the most recognisable faces in British comedy, Robert Webb is coming to Auckland to grace the 2018 Writers Festival. Robert Webb is the mastermind behind Peep Show, Mind The Buzzcocks, Mitchell and Webb, and Cold Feet to name a few. He discusses themes of childhood, fatherhood, and masculinity. We’d say his talk, An Evening With Robert Webb is one not to miss!

When: 18th May 2018, 7pm

Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Square

We May Have To Choose

Australian writer and actor Emma Mary Hall brings her solo performance of We May Have To Choose to the Writers Festival this year, exploring ideas of how we engage with information, ideas, and issues. She endearingly presents 621 of her own opinions, to constuct reflection on the world of social media and the misinformation it connects us with. If you’re looking to think more critically about the world around you, don’t miss Emma Mary Hall!

When: 18th & 19th May 5:30pm, 20th May 1:30pm

Where: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre

Festival Gala Night | True Stories Told Live: Under Cover

Join eight international and domestic writers for a night of improptu seven-minute true stories following the theme “Under Cover”. Catch Susie Boyt, Gigi Fenster, Shashi Tharooor, Alex Ross, Damon Salesa, Tom Scott, Jenny Zhang, and Lisa Dwan as they take on the no-script challenge.

When: 17th May 7pm

Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Square

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Jeff Kinney

If you were born any time past the late ‘90s you’ll be familiar with the notorious Diary Of A Wimpy Kid books, and the man behind them is featuring in the 2018 Auckland Writers Festival! That’s right, Jeff Kinney is bringing his world of Greg and Rowley to the ASB Theatre for one night only. Kinney has seen huge success, hitting the New York Time’s bestseller list continously, selling 190 million copies to date, and having his books published in 53 languages. Catch the early event that is kickstarting the festival month on May 1st.

When: 1st May 5:30pm

Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

#WhereToNow? The University Of Auckland Festival Forum

With a media frenzy of the #METOO and #TIMESUP movement and scandal Hollywood accusations, UOA in their #WhereToNow forum discusses traditional male-female relations and their long-term consequences. Asking are you able to hold a neutral stance in this climate of gender discussion, the forum will feature Robert Webb, Hope Jahren, Choman Hardi, and Ella Henry.

When: 16th May 7:30 pm

Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Square

Best Best Showcase

Returning to the festival is the spoken word extravanganza that is the Best Best Showcase. Te Karere Scarborough hosts the evening with poets Jessie Fenton, John Carr, Daren Kamali, Vanessa Crofskey, Alex Wheatle, and Sonya Renee Taylor. Get ready for a night of slam poetry, spoken-word, and renowned performances from some of the best.

When: 18th May 8:45pm

Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

The Art Of The Comedy Write

Hosted by our very own Kanoa Lloyd, The Art Of The Comedy Write stars Kura Forrester, Peter Helliar, and Oscar Kightley as they unpick a jokey script and discuss what’s funny, what’s not, and how to tell them apart. Some more great news—this is a free event!

When: 19th May 8:45pm

Where: Heartland Festival Room, Aotea Square

A Maori Word A Day: Hemi Kelly

Kickstart your festival and brush up on some Te Reo with a fun half hour Maori language lesson Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. Translator, teacher, and author of A Maori Word A Day, Hemi Kelly introduces a simple, fun, and pracitcal way to intergrate more Te Reo into our vocabulary. Ka pai!

When: 18th May 9:30am, 19th May 9am, 20th May  9:30am

Where: Heartland Festival Room, Aotea Square

Writers On Film: Margaret Mahy

In rememberance of the godmother of the nation and our favourite childhood author Margaret Mahy, Yvonne Mackay’s 2008 film A Tall Long Faced Tale is being played at the Auckland Art Gallery for the 2018 Writer’s Festival. Featuring animation from her books The Lion in the Meadow, The Witch in the Cherry Tree, and The Great White Man Eating Shark, as well as appearances from many of her collaborators, including Roald Dahl’s illustrator Quentin Blake.

When: 19th May 1:15pm

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium

Euro Lunch With A.C Grayling

British philospher, humanist and secularist A.C Grayling wants you to join him for a two-course meal (with a complimentary glass of wine) at the prestigious waterfront restaurant Euro as he talks all things Europe. Discussing mainly his contention that Brexit shouldn’t and won’t eventuate. Great food and great company will be on the menu with this British intellectual. Grayling also has two talks on on Democracy and The Humanities throughout the festival in case you sadly have to miss this one.

When: 17th May 12pm

Where: Euro Restaurant and Bar

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