LitCrawl has the pleasure of combining both local and international writers and artists to bring you amazing talent from all around the globe. Let's check out some of our friends who are travelling a long way to be LitCrawl this year:
First up we have Irish writer Rob Doyle. His first novel: Here Are the Young Men (described as the Irish Trainspotting) is being made into a film and was book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, and Independent. Rob’s second book This is the Ritual (short stories) was book of the year in the New Statesman, Sunday Times and Irish Times.
Rob’s first event ‘Young Men’ discusses both his books including Here Are the Young Men described as “a powerful and provocative novel and easily the most honest account of young Irish people for many years” (The Guardian). If you are interested in understanding how to tell your story, he will also running a workshop on Autobiography. In the Crawl on Sat 10 November, Rob will be at Meow for Bad Diaries Salon where a panel of writers will read from their diaries or abandoned early works. Then catch him at Writing Outsiders where he talks with Anna Smaill, Amy Head and Dame Fiona Kidman about writing characters who exist in grey areas..
Next up, we have Raymond Antrobus, British-Jamaican poet, educator and author of The Perseverance. Raymond explores what it is like to live in silence, expressed through his experience being deaf as well as his cultural convergence that has often been silenced. Raymond seeks to mediate the deaf experience for the average person by writing to his buried culture as well as his invisible disability. For Raymond, “hearing aids are the investigators of hidden sounds” which allow him to uncover the world that we take for granted. Raymond has some awesome video content on his website showcasing his work including ‘The First Time I Wore a Hearing Aid.’ Check it out here for a sneak peak.
See Raymond at the EPIC Poetry Showcase alongside Kaveh Akbar, Raymond Antrobus, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Tayi Tibble, Dominic Hoey, Erik Kennedy, Hadassah Grace and hosted by Ray Shipley. Then if you want to find out how to make your writing poetic and cinematic, grab tickets to the ‘Writing Cinematic’ workshop at Te Auaha on November 10th. He will talk to Pip Adam about his life and work in ‘Sound Machine’ and will appear in the Crawl in True Stories Told Live - so there's no excuse to miss him this year!
Much to our excitement, Kaveh Akbar, Iranian-American poet will be joining us in Wellington. Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, Best American Poetry, The New Republic, The Guardian- just to name a few! Kaveh’s books include ‘Portrait of an Alcoholic’ and ‘Calling a Wolf a Wolf’ which both bring us along on his struggles, grappling with addiction, race and sexuality. Kaveh opens the festival with a conversation with RNZ’s Kim Hill on Thurs 8 November (Portrait of a Poet). Then see him at the at ‘Poetry Showcase on Friday 9 November.
Last but not least, Doireann Ní Ghríofa will be joining us from Ireland. Doireann is multi-award-winning Irish poet who blends English and Irish languages. Her talents are not limited to writing as her creativity also lies within film, dance, visual arts and music. You can check out some of her film-poetry on her website here, with a range of Irish and English poetry film content. Doireann will be speaking with Vana Manasiadis about her new book Lies, a bilingual collection of her poetry over ten years. If you miss that one, you can catch her at ‘Bilingual Future’ alongside local talent Scotty Morrison to speak about the importance of Te reo Māori and Gaeilge and their hopes for a truly bilingual future.
Come and check out some of this diverse international talent from all over the globe.