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Strong recommend: AF Alumni at Auckland Writers Festival

Auckland Writers Festival is back from 23 - 28 August, and has a programme bursting with Arts Foundation alumni - as well as iconic comedians, screenwriters, scientists and even more prize-winning novelists.

We are thrilled that 2007 Arts Foundation Laureate Moana Maniapoto has curated the Ara Kē, Ao Kē Series of the festival. Our pick from her programme is The Disruptors, with a stacked panel where Maniapoto is joined by Mihingarangi Forbes, Dale Husband and Miriama Kamo.

Want to know why speculative fiction is the new black? Join 2000 Arts Foundation Laureate Elizabeth Knox, an adventurous and imaginative fiction writer, in Frankenstein's Children: Knox & Murray.

2013 Arts Foundation Mallinson Rendel Illustrator’s Award winner, Gavin Bishop, who recently won the Supreme Award and the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, at The New Zealand Children's Book Awards - makes an appearance in the Streetside:Beresford series. Keeping it quick with 15-minute showcases in intimate venues designed to entertain and inspire.

2019 Arts Foundation Laureate, writer and artist Coco Solid joins author Lana Lopesi for an hour of powerfully strident conversation in Bloody Woman, Lopesi & Solid, a free and non-ticketed event. Solid also joins Pax Assadi and Nahyeon Lee in Power / Play, talking screen and stage writing for an audience beyond their own community.

Fables and Myths are explored in Timeless Tales, Hereaka & Jones, another free and non-ticketed event, with 2007 Arts Foundation Laureate Lloyd Jones - one of New Zealand's most accomplished contemporary writers.

2020 Arts Foundation Laureate, Tusiata Avia, acclaimed Samoan-New Zealand poet and performer, is a late swap in for Black Forest: Poets of the Pacific, also free.

Take an enchanted journey through the forests with 2013 New Generation award winner, Kate Parker, as she presents the NZ Book Awards for Children & YA Best Picture Book, Kōwhai and the Giants.

Art & Power, a treat for the senses where powerful words and stunning music collide, will be hosted by 2013 Next Generation award winner Kip Chapman.

You can also catch Kai Parakau: Keri Hulme, a documentary celebrating the renowned late Māori novelist, screening in Aotea square. This engaging homage was made by 2001 Arts Foundation Laureate, Dame Gaylene Preston.

Join our alumni in the mix with over 230 of the world’s best writers and thinkers to celebrate the world of books and ideas.

Explore the full programme