News & Updates

ANNOUNCING OUR 2020 WINTER SERIES

ANNOUNCING OUR 2020 WINTER SERIES

Our 2020 Winter Series starts on 3 May, and runs for 13 weeks, ending 26 July. Each weekly live episode will feature three writers including at least two from the 2020 programme will chat with series host Paula Morris, read from their work and answer audience questions.

Every Sunday at 9am we will stream live and free-to-view on the Festival’s YouTube and Facebook channels, and will then be uploaded to our website for viewing later.

Watch the livestream, at 9-10am each Sunday:


Or catch up later:

Bookseller link: https://tinyurl.com/WinterSeriesBooks



EPISODE 13: 9AM SUNDAY 26 JULY (SERIES FINALE)
Ann Patchett (United States) The Dutch House
Colin Thubron (England) Night of Fire
Maggie O'Farrell (Ireland / Scotland) Hamnet
Rose Lu (Aotearoa New Zealand) All Who Live On Islands



EPISODE 12: 9AM SUNDAY 19 JULY
Patrick Gale (England) Take Nothing With You
Julia Ebner (Austria) Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists
Michele Leggott (Aotearoa New Zealand) Mezzaluna: Selected Poems



EPISODE 11: SUNDAY 12 JULY
Kolokesa Uafā Māhina-Tuai (Aotearoa New Zealand) Crafting Aotearoa
Leanne Shapton (Canada) Guest Book: Ghost Stories
Neil Gaiman (England) The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 11 or Listen to Episode 11


EPISODE 10: 9AM SUNDAY 5 JULY
Renée (Aotearoa New Zealand) The Wild Card
Joshua Whitehead (Canada) Jonny Appleseed
Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly (Aotearoa New Zealand) Pōneke
Hosted by Tina Makereti (Aotearoa New Zealand)
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 10 or Listen to Episode 10



EPISODE 9: SUNDAY 28 JUNE
Selina Tusitala Marsh (Aotearoa New Zealand) Mophead
Cass Sunstein (United States) How Change Happens
Samantha Power (Ireland / United States) The Education of an Idealist
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 9 or Listen to Episode 9




EPISODE 8: SUNDAY 21 JUNE
Helon Habila (Nigeria / United States) Travellers
Philippa Swan (Aotearoa New Zealand) The Night of All Souls
Freya Daly Sadgrove (Aotearoa New Zealand) Head Girl
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 8 or Listen to Episode 8



EPISODE 7: SUNDAY 14 JUNE
An Yu (China) Braised Pork
Anthony Byrt (Aotearoa New Zealand) The Mirror Steamed Over
Christine Fernyhough (Aotearoa New Zealand) Mid-Century Living: The Butterfly House Collection
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 7 or Listen to Episode 7


EPISODE 6: SUNDAY 7 JUNE
Olivia Hayfield (England / Aotearoa New Zealand) Wife After Wife
Peter Stanford (England) Angels: A Visible and Invisible Mystery
Elizabeth Knox (Aotearoa New Zealand) The Absolute Book
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 6 or Listen to Episode 6




EPISODE 5: SUNDAY 31 MAY
Richard Ford (United States) Sorry for your Trouble
Amy McDaid (Aotearoa New Zealand) Fake Baby
Yasmin Khan (England) Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 5 or Listen to Episode 5


EPISODE 4: SUNDAY 24 MAY
Deborah Eisenberg (United States) Your Duck is My Duck
Wallace Shawn (United States) Night Thoughts
Caroline Barron (Aotearoa New Zealand) Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 4 or Listen to Episode 4



EPISODE 3: SUNDAY 17 MAY
Becky Manawatu (Aotearoa New Zealand) Auē
Robert Macfarlane (England) Underland: A Deep Time Journey
Chanel Miller (United States) Know My Name
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 3 or Listen to Episode 3



EPISODE 2: SUNDAY 10 MAY
Philippe Sands (France/England) The Ratline
Ian Wedde (Aotearoa New Zealand)The Reed Warbler
Lisa Taddeo (United States) Three Women
CATCH UP: Watch Episode 2 or Listen to Episode 2


AL winter series_covers ep 1.png

EPISODE 1: SUNDAY 3 MAY
Barbara Ewing (Aotearoa New Zealand) One Minute Crying Time
Alan Bollard (Aotearoa New Zealand) Economists At War
Bernardine Evaristo (England) Girl, Woman, Other

CATCH UP: Watch Episode 1 or Listen to Episode 1

This series provides an opportunity to champion New Zealand and international books that were to feature at our now-cancelled May Festival, and we encourage viewers to order books via our partner bookseller: The Women's Bookshop.

The Festival thanks its presentation partner Auckland Live, as well as Copyright New Zealand and all our generous sponsors, funders and patrons and friends whose support has enabled us to continue our work during these extraordinary times.

aklwritersfest Follow us on Instagram ›