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Going West Festival 2012 Books & Writers Weekend

Going West Festival 2012 Books & Writers Weekend

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  • Fri 14 Sep ’12 – Sun 16 Sep ’12, 7:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Fri 14 Sep ’12, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Sat 15 Sep ’12, 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Sun 16 Sep ’12, 9:30am – 6:30pm


Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi



Ticket Information:

  • Weekend pass: $200.00
  • Concession weekend pass: $175.00
  • Day pass: $100.00
  • Day pass - concession: $80.00

Always Almost: Never Quite
The ambiguity of the 2012 festival theme, "Always Almost: Never Quite", opens the door to the sometimes strange and quirky thinking that is so very "Going West". Does it refer to the traditional imperative for Kiwis to emulate the godwit's migration to northern shores? For from these still remote islands, New Zealand authors can access and seduce an international audience, so why do they still leave and return? What is the exchange that makes the overseas experience enriching and how has that changed in the age of the internet? And are there other fragile and uncertain dichotomies in the fabric of New Zealand culture?

Going West Festival 2012 Books and Writers Weekend will explore this through discussion with a cast of writers who have chosen to write and publish both here and abroad. The confirmed authors are Mirranda Burton, Sacha de Bazin, Mary Edmond-Paul, Marianne Elliott, Jacqueline Fahey, Paula Green, Tina Grenville, David Howard, Stephanie Johnson, Sid Marsh, Kirstine Moffat, Emily Perkins, Nalini Singh, Monty Soutar, Dame Lesley Max, CK Stead, Paul Thomas, Ian Wedde, Peter Wells, Lani Wendt Young and Tim Wilson.

Expect serious discourse, tantalising readings and insights into the life and art of our much-loved authors, leavened with the absurd and the entertaining. A nod to our lyricists will erupt on Saturday evening with "Snow on the Desert Road" - iconic rocker and blues singer Rick Bryant and The Windy City Strugglers will take to the stage.

"Always Almost: Never Quite" succinctly sums up the Going West weekend - wide-ranging, unexpected, intimate and challenging. It is an experience to be shared between writers and audience in a village atmosphere on the edge of the Waitakere rain forest. It is, above all, a celebration of the word in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The full Going West Festival 2012 Books and Writers Weekend programme will be available in August.

Weekend and day passes available (Friday included) - book early to get further discounts.
Weekend pass includes 20 sessions, Friday night wine and supper, two lunches, four morning and afternoon teas. Friday begins at 7pm - 10pm, Saturday begins at 9am - 10pm and Sunday 9:30am - 6:30pm.
Day pass includes all sessions for that day, lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

**Restrictions: R12: Contains some material, including sexual references and domestic violence, that may not be suitable for children under 12 years.

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