Although the festival is predominantly about visual and performing arts, the New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week part of the festival is also a key attraction. The full programme is now available, and you can access it HERE.
Neil Cross, who is noted for his dark novels (Booker longlisted ALWAYS THE SUN, BURIAL, CAPTURED etc) and his acclaimed TV screenwriting (Spooks, the upcoming Luther), will be making three appearances during the Writers and Readers Week.
Today he is part of Once Upon a Deadline - so look out for six playwrights and one scriptwriter (Cross) racing around Wellington in search of a story. Each will be armed with a laptop, wireless internet, and a minder to make sure they stick to the rules and keep to the clock. At the start of the day, each writer is given a route to follow and will spend one hour at each location, including a turn in the writer's cage. When time's up, every writer meets with an editor to help them polish up their 1,200 word story, and then it's off to the Wellington Town Hall for the Read-Off at 6:30pm tonight to decide the winner.
Cross will also be appearing tomorrow night as part of the Gala Opening - (7:30pm): where attendees can join five of contemporary literature's most intriguing voices, hosted by Kiwi writer #1 bestselling Kiwi writer Kate De Goldi, as they talk about craft, character, and style.
On Sunday Cross will discuss his work with Noel Murphy, as part Writers Upfront - 2:00pm - having interviewed Cross last year, and found both him and his work very interesting, I'd recommend anyone in Wellington this week makes sure they head along to at least one of these events.