English author and adventurer Huw Lewis-Jones during his
talk, ''In Search of Adventure - Expeditions and
Explorations'', in the Dunedin Public Library's Dunningham
Suite yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
The Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival, which ended
yesterday, will be booked again next year after the
''resounding success'' of the inaugural event.
''It's been a fabulous week. It has definitely exceeded
expectations,'' organising committee chairwoman Alexandra
Bligh said last night.
''We're thrilled to have created such a strong foundation for
our inaugural festival and look forward to building on our
work next year.''
Nearly 2000 tickets were sold to festival events, which
included talks by authors Alexander McCall Smith, Huw
Lewis-Jones, Janice Galloway, Prof Nigel Leask and Man Booker
prize-winner Eleanor Catton.
''Almost every session was sold out and the feedback has been
''Festival-goers have been inspired, stimulated, made to
laugh and moved throughout the sessions,'' Miss Bligh said.
More than 50 New Zealand and international writers, poets,
playwrights, scriptwriters, illustrators, fellows,
publishers, editors and commentators took part in the six-day
''It's been a resounding success.
''We got great feedback from the audiences and the writers.
''We'll definitely be holding it again next year, although we
haven't made a decision yet on whether it will be an annual
event,'' Miss Bligh said.
''We've got a list of people for next year, but we haven't
asked anyone yet.
''We'd love to get Lorde and her mother, Sonja Yelich, who is
Events yesterday featured a Mother's Day high tea at the
Savoy with celebrity chef Julie Le Clerc, and English writer
and adventurer Huw Lewis-Jones in the Dunedin Public
Library's Dunningham Suite talking about his book, The
Conquest of Everest, about New Zealand photographer
George Lowe, who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the 1953
ascent of Mt Everest.