Thursday, December 15, 2011
Former M15 director Stella Rimington to headline AWRF
But having dealt out a few deserved brickbats to the AWRF about this ongoing oversight, now I will have to be fair and give out a bouquet to the organisers, who have just announced thriller writer Dame Stella Rimington, the first female Director-General of MI5, will attend the 2012 festival. There are many more authors, local and international, still to be announced - but hopefully this is a good sign of things to come. Rimington's attendance was announced along with two other internationals: Roddy Doyle (THE COMMITMENTS) and Australian young adult writer Emily Rodda.
“It’s such a pleasure to reveal this taster of the rich line-up planned for May 2012,” says Artistic Director Anne O’Brien. “Dame Stella Rimington, Roddy Doyle and Emily Rodda will all bring fine craft, great minds and broad experiences to Auckland, not to mention providing the perfect Christmas reads, setting the tone for what will undeniably be another outstanding Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.”
The Auckland Writers & Readers Festival is New Zealand’s largest literary and ideas festival. In 2012 AWRF will run Wednesday 9 May to Sunday 13 May and will present another exciting list of international and New Zealand writers in more than 70 events, guaranteed to excite and stimulate hungry minds. The schools programme will be available in February 2012 with the full programme announced in the second half of March 2012 and tickets on sale from that time at buytickets.co.nz.
I've heard some whispers that the AWRF may be interested in (at long last) including some New Zealand crime or thriller writers in their line-up as well - which would be a terrific move, adding to what is already a very successful festival. Fingers crossed for some good news on that front as the fuller line-ups are announced early next year.
Who would you like to see at the 2012 Auckland Writers and Readers Festival?