International writers to attend Writers and Readers Week

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.

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.