Writers at large, writers let loose—literature takes to the dens and alleys of Auckland’s Lorne Street and surrounds in our third annual Friday night fiesta. There’s a specially commissioned short crime story from the Scotsman Liam McIlvanney in the Central City Library basement to be read by ultraviolet torchlight; high-spirited writing exercises at the Academy Cinema; inspired writing at Gow Langsford art gallery; fun-and-games storytelling and typography at DesignWorks; and letters to James K. Baxter in the St James Theatre Lobby. Plus Friday Poem readings, and short poems with sweet cookies from The Receptionist coffee kiosk—all presented by an array of the writing great and good. Join us for the perfect Friday night indulgence, at entirely no charge.
1. Dear Jim
St James Lobby Lorne Street entrance – opposite Central City Library.
From the grand lobby of the prestigious old St James Theatre, eight writers respond to the recently published and sometimes shocking letters of the legendary James K Baxter. Each has chosen one of Baxter’s letters to be read aloud by actor Bruce Hopkins before they respond with “Dear Jim …” replies, live and direct from the 21st century. Featuring Emma Espiner, Kirsty Gunn, Jeffrey Holman, Nathan Joe, Erik Kennedy, Karlo Mila, Ian Wedde and Annabel Wilson.
- 6.00pm - 6.15pm (Karlo Mila, Erik Kennedy)
- 6.25pm - 6.40pm (Nathan Joe, Annabel Wilson)
- 6.50pm - 7.05pm (Kirsty Gunn, Jeffrey Holman)
- 7.15pm - 7.30pm (Emma Espiner, Ian Wedde)
2. The Writers Academy
Academy Cinemas 44 Lorne Street
Roll up, roll up for the Writers Academy, and join the writing class, responding to prompts from MC Michele A’Court. Your classmates include six inventive writers – Dominic Hoey, Stephanie Johnson, Renee Liang, Courtney Sina Meredith, Isa Pearl Ritchie and Jamie Trower – who will join you in having a go at two very different writing exercises, guaranteed to get everyone’s synapses snapping and pens scrawling, and then will share their scribblings so you can check them against your own. Tip o’ the hat to The Exercise Book: Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters. Pen and paper provided.
- 6.00pm - 6.15pm (Stephanie Johnson, Jamie Trower, Courtney Sina Meredith)
- 6.25pm - 6.40pm (Isa Pearl Ritchie, Dominic Hoey, Renee Liang)
- 6.50pm - 7.05pm (Stephanie Johnson, Jamie Trower, Courtney Sina Meredith)
- 7.15pm - 7.30pm (Isa Pearl Ritchie, Dominic Hoey, Renee Liang)
3. Crime by Torchlight
Central City Library 44-46 Lorne Street
Below ground in the public library is a subterranean basement: an antechamber of out of print titles, precious tomes, and books less read. Descend into the hidden depths, torch in hand, and discover a super short crime story written by award-winning Scottish crime writer Liam McIlvanney to be revealed only by ultraviolet light. Meet in the foyer of the Auckland Central City Library and a guide will send you down into the underworld armed with your reading torch.
- 6.00pm - 7.30pm (Liam McIlvanney)
4. The Friday Poem
Auckland Central City Library events space 44-46 Lorne Street
Online, on the page and now live, come see Emma Neale, Michael Steven, Simone Kaho and Ashleigh Young in action. Four poets all featured on The Spinoff website’s popular The Friday Poem, then published in the best-selling collection of the same name. They share their Friday Poems and a few more for good measure.
- 6.00pm - 6.15pm (Emma Neale)
- 6.25pm - 6.40pm (Michael Steven)
- 6.50pm - 7.05pm (Simone Kaho)
- 7.15pm - 7.30pm (Ashleigh Young)
5. Heads & Tales
Designworks 36 Lorne Street, Entrance off Kitchener Street.
Armed with only minimal information, three writers each tackle one section of a three-part story. They won’t see its completion until they’re all in the room on the night. As the story is revealed, top typographers from Designworks enhance the unfolding tale. It could go to some strange places, but we can guarantee there will be a beginning, a middle and an end! Featuring Gina Cole, Elaine Castillo, Avi Duckor-Jones, Steff Green, Kelly Joseph, Ahi Karunaharan, Nic Low, Ruby Porter, Nicholas Sheppard, Carl Shuker, Tracey Slaughter
- 6.00pm - 6.15pm (Gina Cole, Avi Duckor-Jones, Steff Green)
- 6.25pm - 6.40pm (Kelly Joseph, Tracey Slaughter, Carl Shuker)
- 6.50pm - 7.05pm (Nic Low, Ruby Porter, Nicholas Sheppard)
- 7.15pm - 7.30pm (Kelly Joseph, Ahi Karunaharan, Elaine Castillo)
6. Short & Sweet
The Receptionist 32 Lorne Street
Step up to hole-in-the-wall coffee kiosk The Receptionist and recite a line of verse in exchange for a delicious free McColls cookie and a copy of one of the remarkable short poems from the anthology Short Poems of New Zealand edited by Jenny Bornholdt. We'll accept anything in exchange - from nursery rhymes to Shakespearean sonnets. Make it short and we'll make it sweet. With thanks to McColls Ltd.
- 6.00pm - 7.30pm
7. Do You See What I See?
Gow Langsford Gallery 26 Lorne Street
Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees but what do writers see when they seriously notice the world? How does their style inform their looking? Three very different practitioners; a fiction writer or playwright, a poet and a nonfiction writer each address a painting by current exhibitor Sara Hughes, showing at the Gow Langsford Gallery. The same painting from different angles with different sight lines. Be prepared to have your vision altered and your mind enlarged by Aroha Awarau, Chessie Henry, Chloe Honum, Lana Lopesi, Vana Manasiadis, Tze Ming Mok, Bob Orr, Tess Redgrave, Victor Rodger, Damian Skinner, Tayi Tibble and Lisa Williams.
- 6.00pm - 6.15pm (Damian Skinner, Tayi Tibble, Lisa Williams)
- 6.25pm - 6.40pm (Bob Orr, Tze Ming Mok, Tess Redgrave)
- 6.50pm - 7.05pm (Lana Lopesi, Aroha Awarau Chloe Honum)
- 7.15pm - 7.30pm (Chessie Henry, Victor Rodger, Vana Manasiadis)
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