Top BWB authors appear in the Auckland Writers’ Festival programme.
- Max Harris gives the Michael King Memorial Lecture on Friday 19 May, speaking to his remarkable new book The New Zealand Project. Last year, BWB’s Helene Wong received a standing ovation for her MK Lecture on Being Chinese (Ockham New Zealand Awards longlist).
A New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, currently at Oxford’s All Souls College, Max will be speaking on ‘A New Politics of New Zealand’ – an urgent call for new political energy to meet the many challenges facing us in the world ahead.
- Vincent O’Malley participates in a lively panel with Marama Muru-Lanning, chaired by Te Radar, on Sunday 21 May. O’Malley’s bestselling Great War for New Zealand (Ockham New Zealand Awards longlist) positions the Waikato War as New Zealand’s defining conflict.
- Ben Schrader talks about New Zealand’s urban history on Saturday 20 May, drawing on The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840–1920. Schrader’s book has been shortlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Awards, along with BWB’s History of New Zealand Women by Barbara Brookes.
- Judy McGregor brings a key international issue into a New Zealand context, talking about Human Rights in New Zealand, the 2016 book she published with Sylvia Bell and Margaret Wilson.
- Glenn Colquhoun’s powerful writing about working as a New Zealand doctor is the focus of his BWB Text Late Love. He talks at three events in the festival, on Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May.
- Scott Hamilton will deliver a reading from his BWB Text The Stolen Island, which explores Tongan history and the Pacific slave-trade, on Friday 19 May.