New Zealand Festival Writers and Readers 2018

New Zealand Festival Writers and Readers, March 8-11, 2018



“Science and Magic” 

Friday, 09 Mar

British science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Charlie Jane Anders’s glorious fantasy novel, All the Birds in the Sky, features a star-crossed young witch and a genius technologist.

Cory Doctorow, who co-edits online directory BoingBoing, writes copiously about technology and creates ideas-rich science fiction and graphic novels for young and old.

Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha mixes inspiration fromhorror fiction, myths and fairy tales with takes on sexuality, culture and politics in her novel and short stories.

Join these three leading lights of speculative fiction in conversation with local practitioner Darusha Wehm.

Images (left to right): Intan Paramaditha, Cory Doctorow (© Jonathan Worth), Charlie Jane Anders




“The Horror! The Horror!” 

Saturday, 10 Mar

In 2018, it’s 200 years since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein launched the twin genres of science fiction and horror, and 50 years since George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead changed the vocabulary of horror movies. Popular culture is now permeated by disturbing nightmare visions.

Join three writers whose work delves into the dark – Ian Tregillis (the Milkweed Triptych), Elizabeth Knox (Wake) and Intan Paramaditha(Apple and Knife) – for a discussion with RNZ’s Lynn Freeman about why we love a good scare.





“APPLE AND KNIFE New Zealand Book Launch”

Saturday, 10 Mar

Intan Paramaditha has published two collections of short stories and a novel, Gentayangan, in her native Indonesian, mixing inspiration from horror fiction, myths and fairy tales with takes on sexuality, culture and politics.

She is joined by her Australian publishers Brow Books, and her New Zealand translator, Stephen J Epstein of Victoria University of Wellington, for the worldwide launch of her first English language collection, Apple and Knife.