Why you should head to New Zealand’s Writer’s Festival

Have you heard of the Auckland Writer's Festival?

If Sydney's Writer Festival doesn't sate your literary needs, or you're unable to make it to it, never fear. Just across the ditch, New Zealand has it's own renowned Auckland Writer's Festival which has been running for 19 years! This is no small deal either – in 2018, over 200 of the world's best writers gathered in the city to interact and talk with the 75,000 people who attended the festival. 

Don't miss out on this literary event – grab your Auckland hire car and get ready for a week packed full of books, discussions and workshops. 

Authors to look out for

The Auckland Writer's Festival is known for the big names that attend it. Just take a look at the following list of famous authors who have made appearances in the past:

  • Eoin Colfer
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Eleanor Catton
  • Lee Child
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Rupi Kaur
  • Nigella Lawson
  • David Mitchell
  • Margaret Mahy
  • Audrey Niffenegger
  • Garth Nix
  • Peter Riordan
  • Alice Walker

This is only skimming the top of the authors that have graced Auckland to join in with this writing festival. As for what there's to look forward to this year, take a look at the following:

  • Markus Zusak – Author of 'The Book Thief'
  • Jacinda Adern – Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Sarah Perry – Author of 'The Essex Serpent'
  • Lloyd Jones – Author of 'Mister Pip'
  • Joy Cowley – Author of multiple New Zealand children's books
  • Susan Orlean – Author of 'The Library Book'
  • Witi Ihimaera – Author of 'The Whale Rider'
  • Maurice Gee – Author of 'The Halfmen of O' and 'Under the Mountain'

Events to get behind

Not all the events held at the Auckland festival are designed solely for writers. You'll also find lectures, discussion panels, work shops, readings, family events and performances. There is something for everyone, with most of the events condensed into the last three days of the week. 

This year, there is even a chance for writers to get an appointment with a U.S editor who's worked for a variety of publishing houses, such as Penguin Random House. For half an hour you can benefit from her insight and receive constructive and powerful feedback on the first 5,000 words of your novel. 

With the Auckland Writer's Festival bringing something fresh and wonderful to New Zealand every year, it's well worth making a visit and checking out a city in full literary swing. So what are you waiting for? Choose your events, make your schedule, and for the easiest way to get around the city, book in your Auckland hire car.

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Chester is a foodie and loves to explore the great land of Australia. He is currently blogging for East Coast Car Rentals.

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