Auckland Writers Festival

The Auckland Writers Festival runs from 14-18 May.  It is a festival of literature and ideas, bringing together acclaimed writers, readers and thinkers through innovative programming.

For full details on the festival, see Auckland Writers Festival webpage.

Auckland Writers Festival
Win tickets to the AWF!



What's On has tickets to giveaway to two sessions at the Auckland Writers Festival.  Win a double pass to one of the sessions below:



Our Booker Winner: Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries is a tale of mystery set on the wild west coast of New Zealand. It took out the 2013 Man Booker Prize and catapulted its author into stardom. Eleanor Catton appears in an hour of conversation about writing, storytelling and literary success with broadcaster John Campbell. Supported by Chen Palmer.

Saturday 17 May, 5.30 - 6.30pm


Choose Life:  Irvine Welsh

Edinburgh king of grimy dialogue and narrative Irvine Welsh, whose debut novel Trainspotting was made into a movie of the same name, talks about his taste for trangression and darkness with broadcaster Noelle McCarthy. Prepare to be rivetted by one of the genre’s finest, whose latest and ninth novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins, is “swampy Floridian lesbian noir”, according to its author.

Friday 16 May, 5.30 - 6.30pm

To enter the draw to win tickets email and tell us who you'd like to see, Irvine or Eleanor!  Get your entry in before 5pm, Monday 12 May.  Only open to UoA students, all entries will be added to the What's On events email list.  T&C's apply.