GOING WEST 2017 - Sunday Sessions

Sun 10 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 Sunday 10 September 2017.

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CONCESSION Seniors 65+ and Students with ID


(Includes Morning Tea & Lunch)
ADULT (Value $120.00)
CONCESSION Seniors 65+ and Students with ID (Value $100.00)


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 
Sunday Sessions - Sunday 10 Sept
8:30am – 5:00pm

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

8:45am - Coffee / Tea

9:15am - Exploring the underworld: Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood with Kate Evans
Caves are places of mystery where few people dare to venture. Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness shines a light on this hidden world with a stunning new illustrated book. Caver and writer Marcus Thomas and intrepid caving photographer Neil Silverwood will discuss the story behind the book’s creation and the marvels it reveals.

10:00am - Eating for Everyday Strength: Sam Mannering and Karen McMillan

Acclaimed chef Sam Mannering has joined forces with bestselling author Karen McMillan to create Everyday Strength: Recipes and Wellbeing Tips for Cancer Patients. It’s a mix of easy-to-prepare recipes designed specifically for people who may be unwell, and tips to help manage common symptoms. Expect to be entertained and informed in a session infused with hope and inspiration.

10:30am - Morning tea

11:00am - The fishing lines flow forward to Te Ao Marama: Witi Ihimaera, Tina Makereti and Hemi Kelly with Paula Morris
In his early short story collection The New Net Goes Fishing, Witi Ihimaera cast his voice into the flow of history. The lines of that net now flow forward into the greater world of light, to catch new voices, carrying with them the voices of the past, acknowledging history and language, te reo rangatira and whakapapa. Two new books embody this tradition: Black Marks on a White Page is a new anthology of indigenous writing edited by Witi and Tina Makereti; and Sleeps Standing, by Ihimaera and Hemi Kelly, which recounts the Battle of Orakau in both English and te reo. Using these books as an entry point, the writers explore the nature of mentorship and collaboration, in conversation with Paula Morris. 

12:00pm - Alchemy from Ashes: Catherine Chidgey with Sue Orr 
Winner of this year’s Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, The Wish Child is a profound meditation on the wreckage caused by a corrupt ideology, on the resilience of the human spirit, and on crimes that cannot be undone. Catherine is in conversation with fellow fiction writer Sue Orr.

12:45pm - The Power of Story: Gus Simonovich and Peter O’Connor

Words are powerful things, especially for the young. Language and creativity have the ability to help navigate us through times of change and uncertainty. Gus Simonovich and Peter O’Connor have worked extensively with young people to give their creativity voice. Together, they explore the transformative power of creativity and imagination. 

1:30pm - LUNCH: An Asian fusion

2:15pm - The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road: Steve Braunias with Jesse Mulligan
In 2016, a man set himself a challenge: to eat at, and write about, every fast food outlet on Henderson’s Lincoln Road. Once the centre of the West Auckland wine industry, Lincoln Road has changed vertiginously through the decades, mirroring wider social changes across New Zealand. Join Jesse Mulligan to question the man who ate Lincoln Road, to uncover what, if anything, he learned from his quixotic endeavour.

3:00pm - Hit the High Road: Colin Hogg with Russell Brown
With New Zealand continuing to argue the seemingly never-ending debate on legalising cannabis, writer Colin Hogg hit the road to see what moral decline had descended upon those parts of America where the drug is now legal. The High Road takes us on an adventure that’s one part Hunter S. Thompson and one part Bill Bryson. Riding shotgun to discuss the book will be journalist Russell Brown, who has written extensively about the issues surrounding cannabis law reform.

Going West Festival Day Pass gains entry to all sessions, morning tea and lunch on Sunday 10 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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