David Duchovny, known to most as X-Files agent Fox Mulder, is set to join more than 30 international writers and more than 200 Kiwi literary gems for this year’s Auckland Writer’s Festival.
After two years of uncertainty and restrictions, Tamāki Makaurau will once again host some of the literary world’s best for a week from August 22 to August 28, 2022. The program is packed with talent, so we’ve gone through the list and highlighted a few highlights. strong.
The big guns
Jane Campion – Power of Film August 27, Kiri Te Kanewa Theatre, Aotea Center
Fresh off of a 2022 Oscar win, hot off the heels of Serena Williams’ rather controversial Critic’s Choice Awards comment, Jane Campion is one of the biggest names in New Zealand cinema. The only woman to win two Best Director Oscars, Campion will discuss her work with Noelle McCarthy.
David Duchovny – Really Like Lightning August 27, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Center
Here’s one for 90s TV fans. Fox Mulder is coming to town (well, sort of – it’s through the magic of a live stream). Although Duchovny is best known for his role as an FBI agent chasing aliens in The X-Files, the Golden Globe-winning actor has also put his literature degree from Princeton and his master’s degree from Yale to good use. With four novels to his name, including his 2021 release Truly Like Lightening, Duchovny will be streaming live in the Festival to discuss his latest novel and all things paper.
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Liane Moriarty – Apples Will Fall August 26, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Center
Having sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, the Australian author is huge in New Zealand, thanks also to the television series adaptations of her novels Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers.
Moriarty’s writing has been described by USA Today as “like drinking pink cosmos mixed with arsenic”. Joined on stage by Michelle A’Court, Moriarty will talk about her career and her latest novel Apples Will Fall.
Clementine Ford – How We Love August 24, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Center
Controversial feminist writer Clementine Ford, former columnist for Australian newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, brings her latest book How We Love: Notes on a Life to the table for a discussion of her past, present and future work.
AC Grayling – Global Challenges, Global Accord August 24, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Center
British philosopher and author AC Grayling founded the New College of Humanities in the UK and is the author of 30 books, largely focusing on philosophy and ethics. Grayling will discuss the threats facing the planet and whether it is possible for humans to agree on an outcome, or whether we will continue to disagree in apathy.
Abdulrazak Gurnah – Nobel Enchantments August 26, Kiri Te Kanawa Theater, Aotea Center
Tanzanian-born British author Abdulrazak Gurnah will join this year’s lineup to talk about his life’s work. Gurnah moved to the UK as a refugee in the 1960s. He is the author of 10 novels, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2021, and has been praised for his “uncompromising and compassionate insight into the effects of colonialism”.
Masha Gessen – Surviving Autocracy August 23, Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Center
Masha Gessen is an award-winning Russian-American journalist and activist who has written for The New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times and is currently a staff writer at The New Yorker. They will join Jack Tame for a powerful discussion around their latest book Surviving Autocracy and insight into the manifestations of power.
Damon Galgut – Festival Salon August 26, Kiri Te Kanawa Theater, Aotea Center
Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut will bring to life his novel The Promise, the story of a family crisis during the apartheid era in Galgut’s home country of South Africa.
The time of young talents
Perhaps best known for her collaboration with megastar Beyonce on the visual album Lemonade and the Disney film Black is King, Shire is a Somali-British poet and the youngest member of the Royal Society of Literature. She will share work from her debut poetry collection Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head.
Born in a remote area on the west coast of the South Island, Chris Long is the third author from New Zealand’s most remote family. His early memoir, The Boy From Gorge River, tells the story of his life, from growing up in extreme remoteness to traveling around the world. He will join a panel to discuss his global adventures.
The Wellington-born poet’s first collection of poetry, Poūkahangatus, won the Jesse Mackay Prize for Poetry at the 2019 Ockham Awards. His second collection, 2021’s Rangikura is a collection of poems based on growing up as a young Maori woman. Tibble will join a panel to talk about what influences work.
A certified translator and graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (The Maori Language Institute of Excellence), Kelly is a Māori te reo lecturer, author and translator for Kiwi singer-songwriter Lorde. Kelly will come together with the Irish Embassy to celebrate Ngā Whakamāoritanga, the te reo Māori translation of Brian Friel’s translations.
Foxton-born author Meg Mason really made her mark on the literary world with her second novel Sorrow and Bliss, a story of relationships and mental illness.
The novel caught the attention of the New Regency film company in 2021, and Mason signed a film deal for the book. She will participate in a fair event of the festival.
New Zealand’s favorite comedians will join former Breakfast host John Campbell for a stage reunion. The comedy group, consisting of David Fane, Mario Gaoa, Shimpal Lelisi, Oscar Kightley, Robbie Magasiva and Iaheto Ah Hi rose to fame in the early 2000s for the animated hit Bro’ Town, and achieved worldwide success with most members. featured in the hit 2006 film Sione’s Wedding, co-written by Kightley.
In the 1970s in Auckland, the Polynesian Panther Party was a social justice movement fighting against social inequality in Auckland. Hosted by original panther Melani Anae, New Dawn will be an evening of performances targeting racism, celebrating mana Pasifika and calling for change.
New Dawn will feature rapper Diggy Dupé, poet Caitlin Jenkins, award-winning artist Poetik, rapper Kenzie de Welly, spoken word champion Eric Soakai; SPYCC, and Word the Front Line Grand Slam winners Alani Leahe’uhila and Eniseleni Ali.