In some terrific news that I can finally reveal, it's now been announced that there will be some strong crime writing content as part of the prestigious 2012 New Zealand Arts Festival, to be held in Wellington next year. The Festival will include 300 arts events over 24 days in late February and March next year, and a Writers & Readers Week is also part of the festivities. Amongst the visiting international writers for 2012 are two big names from European crime fiction: Norwegian Jo Nesbo, and Scottish writer Denise Mina.
I understand there will also be a New Zealand crime writing event, with several local writers. More details about the full Festival line-up will be released in due course. It's great to see important local festivals, such as the New Zealand Arts Festival, starting to embrace and include crime fiction, particularly local crime fiction, more and more, in their line-ups. I'm very much looking forward to the 2012 New Zealand Arts Festival.
You can read more about the international authors attending, and their events, here.