The FINANCIAL — Among the exceptional literary talent appearing at the May Writers and Readers Festival are several authors from The University of Auckland.
Famed novelist Emily Perkins will speak about her anticipated soon-to-be released novel The Forrests at a session on Friday May 11. A lecturer in the Department of English, her new book follows Dorothy Forrest from New York to Auckland at the age of seven, through to the end of her life in a narrative that shifts and moves, growing as wild as the characters. She will also appear with acclaimed US writer Jeffrey Eugenides, discussing the future of the novel.
Distinguished ProfessorDame Anne Salmond hosts a session in conversation with fellow writer Paul Diamond about her internationally acclaimed triumph Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas (2011). Inspired by her research for the earlier Aphrodites Island (2010), the beautifully told story captures the excitement, drama and terror that surrounded the life of the captain of the mutinous Bounty.
Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd is the world’s leading Nabokov scholar, as well as a professor of English at The University of Auckland. Brian will talk about his work old and new, including his latest book Why Lyrics Last: Evolution, Cognition, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2012), in conversation with poet, critic, author and alumnus Iain Sharp.
Emeritus Professor Witi Ihimaera will talk about his new book The Parihaka Woman. An eclectic combination of fiction and history, central character Erenora guides readers through the tumultuous times of the Taranaki.
According to The University of Auckland, award-winning scientist Professor Lawrence Krauss from Arizona State University is visiting New Zealand as a University of Auckland Hood Fellow. One of the world’s leading figures in the rich and mysterious world of cosmology, Professor Krauss will discuss his New York Times Bestseller A Universe from Nothing.
University staff feature prominently as writers, panellists and chairs right across the festival programme.
In addition, The University of Auckland is this year hosting the Writers on Campus event. Four contemporary sessions – on war, social media, performance poetry and powerful fiction – will be hosted at the Business School’s Fisher and Paykel Auditorium on Saturday.
The University of Auckland is a proud sponsor of the festival. University staff, students and alumni make a significant contribution to the literary landscape and our collaboration underlines our commitment to excellence in the Arts.