GOING WEST 2017 - Saturday Sessions

Sat 09 Sep

Venue Location

Civic Building, 6 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Auckland

PLEASE NOTE: Please note there has been a change of venue, these sessions now at WAITAKERE CENTRAL, West Auckland’s Civic Building in Henderson. See you there! Going West Festival DAY PASS gains entry to all sessions, morning & afternoon teas and lunch on Saturday 9 September 2017.

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CONCESSION Seniors 65+ and Students with ID


(Includes Morning Tea & Lunch)
ADULT (Value $110.00)
CONCESSION Seniors 65+ and Students with ID (Value $100.00)


Morning Tea
MORNING TEA (no concessions)
LUNCH (no concessions)


Running Time: Sessions vary, see below.

Venue Location

Civic Building, 6 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson, Auckland

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Please note, there has been a change of venue:

WAITAKERE CENTRAL, West Auckland’s Civic Building in Henderson. This beautiful, sustainable building (opened in 2006) has excellent facilities, spacious council chambers for the sessions & ample space for catering and conversations. 

Located at 6 Henderson Valley Road, it has plenty of parking, is right next to the Henderson Railway Station and is directly behind the main Henderson shops.

Books and Writers Weekend 
Saturday Sessions - Saturday 9 Sept
8:30am – 4:00pm

Full Day Pass $99.00 ($80 Concession) Includes morning tea and Lunch
Individual Sessions $15 ($12 Concession)
Morning Tea $7.00 / Lunch $18.00

8:30am - Coffee / Tea

9:00am - Lost somewhere in between: Diana Wichtel with Steve Braunias
A deeply personal search for answers lies at the heart of Driving to Treblinka, an astonishing memoir by award-winning journalist Diana Wichtel. 

9:45am - Words and melody: 
Norman Meehan and Bill Manhire with Paula Green
In her review of Small Holes in the Silence Paula Green mulled over the relationship between music and poetry. “Tricky stuff - translating poetry into song when the new score might muffle the internal music to such an extent the poetry suffers." Bill Manhire and musician and composer Norman Meehan, join poet Paula Green to discuss their latest collaboration Tell Me My Name, and how they work together.

10:30am - Morning tea, book sales and signing

11:00am - Experiments across worlds: Dame Anne Salmond with Moana Maniapoto
In her latest book, Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds, Dame Anne Salmond takes readers back to New Zealand in 1840, when two peoples with very different assumptions about how the world works meet and try to make sense of each other. Dame Anne will be joined on stage by musician and self-confessed political junkie Moana Maniapoto, to discuss where history’s lessons might take us.

12:00pm - 
Mansfield and Medicine: Sarah Laing and Jo Emeney
Katherine Mansfield is a literary giant in New Zealand - but she had to leave the country to become one. Sarah Laing wanted to be a real writer, too. A writer as famous as Katherine Mansfield, but not as tortured. Mansfield and Me charts her journey in comic form towards publication and parenthood against Mansfield’s dramatic story.

12:45pm - Lunch: A Mediterranean inspired fresh Spring feast

1:45pm - Contrary creatures: Pip Adams and Kirsten McDougall
Both writers of realist fiction that plays with the unreal and the mythic, self-described contrary creatures Pip Adam and Kirsten McDougall are also friends and ‘bookish nerds’. Together, they discuss the contrary delights of combining the real with the unreal in their latest works. 

2:30pm - 
Allen Curnow: A Life in Poetry: CK Stead and Linda Cassells with Alex Calder
As poet, anthologist, critic and playwright, Allen Curnow helped to reshape New Zealand’s literary landscape over many decades.  Linda Cassells and scholar CK Stead join Associate Professor Alex Calder to examine Curnow’s life, his work and his legacy – including the new definitive collection of his poems edited by Elizabeth Caffin and Terry Sturm.

Going West Festival Day Pass gains entry to all sessions, morning tea and lunch on Saturday 9 September 2017 

More information can be found on our website: www.goingwestfest.co.nz
and on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GoingWestFest

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