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Celebrate the launch of the Going West Writers Weekend with Curnow Reader Apirana Taylor, Sir Graeme Douglas Orator Elizabeth Knox, and a breathtaking performance by The Bellbirds.
Apirana Taylor: The Curnow Reader
Every year, in honour of Allen Curnow, a generous friend of the festival, Going West invites an established New Zealand poet to read. Curnow once wrote that by ‘simply sailing in a new direction you could enlarge the world’; and this year we invite Apirana Taylor ( Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Pākehā) to respond to our theme Cutting Through.
Elizabeth Knox: The Sir Graeme Douglas Orator
The keynote address of our opening night is named in honour of the late Sir Graeme Douglas, a long-time supporter of the Going West Festival, and whose family and estate continue that tradition in 2019. Every year, we invite a writer of note to engage with the festival theme on their own terms and in their own words. This year our Orator is Elizabeth Knox an award-winning New Zealand writer and author of twelve novels, three novellas, and a book of essays.
The Bellbirds formed in 2009. The band consists of four of Auckland's best and most loved voices and extraordinary songsmiths: Sandy Mill, vocals and percussion; Victoria Kelly, vocals and piano organ; Don McGlashan, vocals, guitar, various instruments; and Sean Donnelly (aka SJD), vocals, guitar and bass. With so much musical talent on one stage, this is an auditory treat you do not want to miss.
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