International writers to attend Writers and Readers Week

23:13, Feb 06 2012
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New Zealand writer and 2010 Writers and Readers Week participant Jenny Pattrick with Writers and Readers Week Programme Manager Anne Chamberlain.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown with Tilly Lloyd, co-owner and manager of Unity Books (the official Bookseller of Writers and Readers Week) and Phil Reed, Senior Communications Advisor, Office for the Mayor.
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Writers and Readers Week Assistant Venue Manager Marion Castree with Wellington writers Jenny Bornholdt and Greg O’Brien.
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Playwright Dave Armstrong and Jane Keig.
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Museum Art Hotel owner Chris Parkin with New Zealand International Arts Festival, Artistic Director Lissa Twomey.
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Writers and Readers Week Programme Manager Anne Chamberlain, Victoria University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Penny Boumelha and New Zealand International Arts Festival Executive Chair Kerry Prendergast.
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Friends Committee Chair Margie Beattie and New Zealand International Arts Festival Marketing Assistant Heather O’Carroll.

More international writers will be part of the Writers and Readers Week in Wellington in March, including one who reintroduced the daleks to Doctor Who.

The three are British playwright and writer Robert Shearman, Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vasquez and British writer Karen Leeder.

They were announced at a programme launch for the week, part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival, in Wellingtonon Thursday.

Shearman, who had a play produced by famed director Francis Ford Coppola, wrote the Doctor Who episode Dalek in 2005, the first appearance of the malevolent aliens when the series was revived by the BBC.

He has won awards for his fiction and his non-fiction includes a critical examination of television show The X-Files.

Additional New Zealand writers announced were Linda Olsson, Paula Morris and Michael Corballis, and New Zealand-based crime writers Paul Cleave, Vanda Symon and Paul Thomas.

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Other big names previously announced included Germaine Greer, Thomas Friedman and Tim Flannery.

Among the many Writers and Readers Week events will be Where Were You in 72? featuring Greer, Marilyn Waring and Sandra Coney.

Shearman has replaced American screenwriter Richard Price, a writer for the acclaimed television series The Wire, who had to pull out due to commitments to another show for cable channel HBO.

For a full list of events, tickets and bookings go here.