The Auckland Writers Festival is recognised as one of the best literature celebrations in the world, with six days of ideas, readings, debates, stand-up poetry, literary theatre, children's writers and free public events. More than 230 of the planet's best writers have been booked to bring a world of stories and ideas to the city from May 15-20 — Festival Director Anne O'Brien has called the lineup of literary stars, "the most diverse yet."
Appearing exclusively at the festival is Norwegian literary rock god Karl Ove Knausgaard. The author is known for his painfully honest six-part autobiographical novel, My Struggle.
Elsewhere on the program,the Call On O'Connell word trail will see more than 30 writers perform essays, poetry and short stories; the Heartland Festival Room will provide an 'on the couch' salon for a wide selection of stories, including music from Nadia Reid, Lawrence Arabia and Moana Maniapoto; the Art Gallery Series will welcome films featuring literary greats; at the Best Best Showcaselauded spoken word artists will take the stage, and True Stories Told Live: Under Cover will see seven-minute true stories performed prop-less and script-less.