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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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David Walliams - Awful Auntie

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

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

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

Auckland Writers Festival kicks off today...

The organisers of the Auckland Writers' Festival are pegging this year's event as the biggest yet.

Duration: 00:01:21

Emily St John Mandel: Canadian Author

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

Shakespeare scholar Peter Holland

University of Notre Dame scholar Peter Holland is fascinated with William Shakespeare's influence on modern culture. As part of the Auckland Writer's Festival; Peter is giving a talks called Shakespearean Spinach, and The Role of The Critic.

Duration: 00:11:03

David Mitchell: extended web version

Author of six novels, most recently The Bone Clocks, and translator with his wife Keiko Yoshida of The Reason I Jump, written at the age of 13 by autistic child Naoki Higishida. David Mitchell will visit New Zealand for the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival, and a WORD Christchurch Autumn Season event.

Duration: 00:50:46

Philip Ball: invisibility and curiosity

Editor for Nature magazine for over 20 years, and author of Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler, and Invisibility: the Dangerous Allure of the Unseen. He will visit New Zealand for the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival and two Royal Society of New Zealand talks.

Duration: 00:34:53

Peter Holland: Shakespeare expert

Shakespeare Scholar and Alice Griffin Fellow at the University of Auckland.

Duration: 00:19:55

Helen Macdonald: raptor rapture

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

From Vietnam to Canada: author Kim Thuy

Kim Thúy is a Canadian writer whose family fled Saigon as boat people during the Vietnam War. Her autobiographical novel Ru was an award winning bestseller - drawing on her refugee past. Her latest novel is Man. She will be speaking at the Auckland Writer's Festival in May.

Duration: 00:32:42

Chef and author, Stephanie Alexander on her memoir, 'A Cook's Life'.

Stephanie Alexander is regarded as one of Australia's great food authors and educators. She has set up several restaurants and is the author of the several cook books, including the best-selling The Cook's Companion which has sold more than half a million copies. She set up the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation in 2004, which runs gardening and cooking programmes in primary schools. Penguin has just published her memoir, A Cooks Life. She is speaking at the Dunedin and Auckland...

Duration: 00:19:03

Tough Stuff at the 2014 Word Christchurch Festival

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

Meg Wolitzer at the 2014 Word Christchurch Festival

Meg Wolitzer, a leading USA novelist, talks about her extensive career with Kate De Goldi, focusing on a recent highly-awarded novel The Interestings.

Duration: 00:51:02

Freedom of speech at the 2014 Word Christchurch Festival

Journalists Luke Harding, Nicky Hager and Richard King discuss freedom of speech in an era of big data, mass surveillance and the unauthorised release of information on a scale never before seen. The Press Editor Joanna Norris is in the chair.

Duration: 00:52:09

Luke Harding at the 2014 Word Christchurch Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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