Going West 2019 - Opening Night

Fri 06 Sep


500 South Titirangi Road, Waitakere

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500 South Titirangi Road, Waitakere


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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 

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.

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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