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Writers and Readers Festivals (RNZ)

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Coverage of New Zealand Writers' Festivals.

Coverage of New Zealand Writers' Festivals.
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Coverage of New Zealand Writers' Festivals.

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English

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Radio New Zealand House 155 The Terrace P O Box 123 Wellington 04 474 1999


Episodes

AC Grayling on Democracy and its Crisis

4/29/2018
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In an era of increasing populism and authoritarianism British philosopher AC Grayling lays bare the specific problems of 21st-century democracy and what he sees as urgently-needed reforms.

Duration:00:51:57

Questions of Faith

6/19/2015
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Two deep thinkers discuss faith, fundamentalism, hope and humanity. Distinguished New Zealand theologian and author Lloyd Geering faced a heresy trial in 1967 for daring to question fundamental teachings of the Presbyterian Church, and aged 100, he is still a lively and provocative commentator. American journalist Sarah Sentilles explains why she decided not to become ordained as a priest, and how her spiritual beliefs have changed over time. They speak with writer Kate De Goldi.

Duration:00:51:52

David Walliams - Awful Auntie

5/16/2015
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Writer and comedian David Walliams on many things including James Bond, cross-dressing and his latest best-selling children's book, Awful Auntie.

Duration:00:23:00

Carol Ann Duffy: poems, wives and children

5/15/2015
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Professor of Contemporary Poetry and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Britain's poet laureate, visiting New Zealand for the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival.

Duration:00:35:51

Philip Ball: Science Writer

5/14/2015
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Philip Ball writes on all sorts of science-related topics, including theories of colour, invisibility, and music. Eva catches up with him ahead of his talks at the Auckland Writers Festival and for the Royal Society.

Duration:00:21:44

Emily St John Mandel: Canadian Author

5/12/2015
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Emily St John Mandel's latest novel 'Station Eleven' recently won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction. She visits the Auckland Writers Festival this week, and tells Eva about what's behind it.

Duration:00:13:26

Helen Macdonald: raptor rapture

5/1/2015
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Professional falconer whose work in raptor research and conservation projects informed the writing of her book, H is for Hawk. She will visit New Zealand in May to speak at the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival , the Dunedin Writers Festival , and a WORD Christchurch Autumn Season event .

Duration:00:38:16

Tough Stuff at the 2014 Word Christchurch Festival

4/12/2015
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Rebecca Macfie, Lloyd Jones and Gaylene Preston discuss dealing creatively with tough stuff through non-fiction, family memoir, and television drama at the 2014 Christchurch Word Writers and Readers Festival. Finlay Macdonald is in the chair.

Duration:00:40:51

Luke Harding at the 2014 Word Christchurch Festival

3/28/2015
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The UK journalist discusses the extraordinary story of Edward Snowden, and considers the action of spy agencies and their mass surveillance of populations the world over. Harding's interaction with the spies was sometimes sobering, sometimes absurd.

Duration:00:48:37

2014 Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture by Elizabeth Knox

3/21/2015
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An intensely personal memoir by one of the country's leading writers of fantasy, exploring the roots of her interest in alternative reality, and intertwining her own story, and that of her family into a remarkable account of a writer and her times.

Duration:00:47:14

Bangladeshi-born novelist - Zia Haider Rahman

3/17/2015
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Zia Haider Rahman is a Bangladeshi-born novelist whose circuitous route to writing his first book included stints as a Wall Street banker and an international human rights lawyer. His book In the Light of What We Know is a cerebral and poetic journey in which two former friends, both of whom who are South-Asian and become friends at University, reconnect twenty years later.

Duration:00:32:16

Atul Gawande: being mortal

11/21/2014
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American surgeon and writer, whose new book is Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End.

Duration:00:42:52

Feature interview - Nick Davies

9/14/2014
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Dirty tricks - power, politics and vasts amounts of money. Britain's phone-hacking scandal has made for a compelling story. In fact, George Clooney has just announced he's making a movie about it. We'll talk to the Guardian journalist who started it all, Nick Davies. He spent eight years uncovering the full extent of not only hacking at the News of the World, but how other British institutions were caught up in the practice.

Duration:00:21:48

Helen Garner: murder and men

8/22/2014
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Australian author, screenwriter and journalist known for her novels and non-fiction works, the latest of which is This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial.

Duration:00:44:25

Christopher Pugsley on military history

8/10/2014
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Military historian Christopher Pugsley talks with John McCrystal about his career, the business of writing about the First World War, and it contemporary resonances.

Duration:00:49:46

Margaret MacMillan on the First World War

7/27/2014
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The eminent historian Professor Margaret MacMillan explores the origins of the First World War, and the contemporary parallels to what happened a century ago. With Kate Hunter in the chair, this session was recorded at the 2014 NZ Festival's Writers and Readers Week.

Duration:00:52:21

Diarmaid MacCulloch on having faith

7/20/2014
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In a very wide-ranging conversation Diarmaid MacCulloch talks with Peter Biggs about religious belief in the modern world. As well as authoring a number of award-winning books- including Reformation, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2004 and 'A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years' - Diarmaid MacCulloch has presented three BBC television series, is Professor of History of the Church at the University of Oxford, a Church of England deacon, a British...

Duration:00:51:29

Camilla Läckberg: Sweden and crime writing

5/18/2014
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Just what is it about Sweden and crime writing? One person who is a star in the genre is Camilla Läckberg. She has sold more than 10 million books in 55 countries, outselling even Steig Larson of the famed Millenium trilogy.

Duration:00:14:52

Playing Favourites with Sandi Toksvig

5/17/2014
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Author, playwright and broadcaster who is a regular panelist on the quiz programme QI, and is a guest of the Auckland Writers Festival.

Duration:00:51:23

Sue Healey: Auckland Writers Festival

5/16/2014
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Sydney based NZ choreographer and film maker presenting 'White Cloud' in collaboration with musician Tim Finn and playwright Tim Duncum.

Duration:00:11:54

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