author Eleanor Catton will discuss
her acclaimed work as part of the inaugural Dunedin Writers and
Readers Festival in May.
The 2013 Man Booker Prize winner will be part of an official
festival opening event at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on
May 9 and will speak about her career the following night at
the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
Catton, of Auckland, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for The
Luminaries - her second book.
Set in the goldfields of the South Island in 1866, it
references Dunedin and Hokitika.
Festival committee chairwoman Alexandra Bligh said it was a
coup for the city to have such an impressive group of
national and international authors take part in the four-day
They include Alexander McCall Smith, Janice Galloway and
Nigel Leask, from the United Kingdom, New Zealand poet
laureate Vincent O'Sullivan, 2009-11 poet laureate Cilla
McQueen, and 2014 Robert Burns Fellow Majella Cullinane.
Kate De Goldi and Elizabeth Knox are also among the festival
line-up, as are columnists Rosemary McLeod and Deborah
Coddington, Labour Party MP Grant Robertson and South Island
authors Brian Turner, Vanda Symon, Emma Neale, Rogelio
Guedea, David Eggleton and Liam McIlvanney.
Poet Tusiata Avia will perform poems from her two collections
Wild Dogs Under My Skirt and Bloodclot,
alongside new work.
Avia was the 2013 Janet Frame Literary Trust Award recipient.
The festival aims to build on the success of former writers
event Wordstruck!, held in Dunedin for almost 15 years, and
includes films and a children's story train.