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Auckland Writers Festival

In and amongst the great and the good of the international line-up sharing the good words at Auckland Writers Festival this weekend are a number of local writers with solid screen industries chops.

Duncan Sarkies

Duncan Sarkies

To name but a few … screenwriters Kathryn Burnett (The Cult, The Strip, Street Legal), Roseanne Liang (Flat3, My Wedding & Other Secrets, A Thousand Apologies) and Duncan Sarkies (Two Little Boys, Flight of the Conchords, Scarfies) all appear, as do broadcasters John Campbell, Carol Hirschfeld and Bill Ralston and film critic Dominic Corry.

Among the internationals with screen connections are Alice Walker, whose The Color Purple was filmed by Steven Spielberg and much-loved by readers and audiences alike – except for Academy members who turned its 11 Oscar nominations into zero statuettes.

Sweden’s Camilla Lackberg (the adaptation of whose Fjallbacka Murders series is one of several Scandinavian dramas making waves overseas) will appear, as will German fantasy writer Cornelia Funke, and Brits Alexander McCall Smith, whose mega-selling No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency was poorly served by a BBC adaptation, and Irvine Welsh, whose Trainspotting and Filth have both seen big screen adaptations.

Away from the main stage, South Pacific Pictures is a sponsor of the Festival’s schools programme.

All the general info is here, booking info is via Ticketmaster or at venues.