Sex, dairy farming and feminism are among the unlikely bedfellows at this year’s New Zealand Young Writers Festival, fifteen free events delivering some of the country’s finest young wordsmiths to Dunedin from September 7-10.
“We’re incredibly proud of this programme. We’ve got a great mix of poets, novelists, comedians and journalists tackling some pretty big issues” said Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust Chair Aaron Hawkins, in this the third year they’ve produced the event.
The line-up includes Lizzie Marvelly (2017 Canon Awards: Columnist of the Year; Blog Site of the Year for The Villainesse); Chris Tse (2016 Ockham Award Winner); New Zealand’s first Snapchat comedy star Tom Sainsbury; dairying dystopic Rhydian Thomas; and a two-day arts writing workshop with Lana Lopesi and Rosabel Tan from Pantograph Punch.
“What started as an intimate gathering of like minds in 2015 grew considerably last year, and we’re expecting this to grow as it cements its place in the literary calendar of Aotearoa New Zealand” he said.
Continuing a proud theme of collaboration within the event, this year featured contributions from the Blue Oyster Art Project Space and Pantograph Punch; the New Zealand Book Council; Aotearotica; and the Dunedin High Schools’ Poetry Slam.
Across the weekend, young writers and the people who love them (their work) will have the opportunity to bond over performances, readings, panel discussions, workshops and a pub quiz. Although they are still free, space for the workshops is limited, to registration is recommended.
For details on how, and the complete rundown on what to expect, go to www.youngwritersfest.nz
WHAT: New Zealand Young Writers Festival
VENUES: Four venues in the Dunedin City Centre
DATES: 7th – 10th September