May 19, 2010

AWRF 2010: Voices from the crowd

"What was your favourite moment at AWRF 2010?"


On occasion, finding myself in a semi-captive crowd -- coffee cart queues, Opening Night Party huddles and similar -- I would take out  my stenographic pad, and thus disguised as a roving reporter shamelessly assault my fellow attendees, asking them to recall what the stand-out moment of the Festival was for them.

Phil, cutler and grandfather:
“When they asked Thomas Keneally ‘Why do you write?’ and he said 'Because it makes me drunk with joy.'"

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop:
“The best moment for me was the Elizabeth Smither event (blogger’s note: which Carole chaired) – her wit and wisdom and her knowingness of human behaviour.”

'South-west of Eden: a memoir 1932-1956' by C. K. Stead. Christine O’Brien from Auckland University Press, Chair of the Poetry Live event:
“As a publisher, my favourite moment was when 40 people were turned away from Karl Stead's event (blogger’s note: CK Stead's new book South-West of Eden: A Memoir, 1932-1956 is published by AUP); but as a poetry lover my favourite moment was at the poetry session, when Ben Brown started off by saying ‘I’m about to do two things you should never do in New Zealand unless you’re very sure of yourself: that’s reference J.K. Baxter and wear sunglasses onstage.’”

Greg, man about town and husband of a librarian:
“John Reynolds wearing the big white Mickey Mouse hands.” (blogger’s note: Reynolds's line was “Let me put on my curator’s gloves here.”)

English teacher at Kati Kati College:
“When they were talking about Whale Rider at the Script to Screen event and Witi Ihimaera said Keisha Castle-Hughes became Moby Chick who rode the whale all the way to Hollywood.”

Friend of English teacher at Kati Kati College:
“When Rachael King said that Winston Churchill’s mother had a 'tramp stamp', when she was talking about the research she had done for her book.” (blogger’s note: Yes I asked. It was a snake around her wrist)

Veronica, woman-at-large:
“When Colm Tóibín said ‘It’s a sin to be boring.’"

Mattie, arts lover and Festival volunteer:
“When Chris Finlayson made that speech at the Opening Night with all those jokes about the Labour Party, as he was leaving the stage someone yelled “Boo!” – well, the word here is that it came from the direction of Bob Kerridge!”

Paul Reynolds, internet guru:
“The panel I chaired expressed a group disquiet at the changes at the University of Canterbury Library and were very concerned at the downgrade of the library services for students. My favourite moment was when Mike Dickison, the Learning Advisor, said that in the digital arena, librarians are the most relentlessly forward-thinking profession that he knows of.”

Couldn’t hear name over roar of Opening Night Party (just kidding, actually I don't think he owned up to it), from ArtStation:
“Seeing how tastelessly dressed Simon Bridges's wife is.”

Callum who will be starting at Ponsonby Intermediate next year:
“Charlie Higson reading out loud from The Enemy.”

Pete Bossley, architect:
“Lionel Shriver ending all her comments with this emphatic nod of the head as if she were saying 'Take that!'”

Librarian from Rodney Libraries:
“When Charlie Higson said he was going to have angry zombie librarians coming down the street to eat the children in his next book.”

Friend of Librarian from Rodney Libraries:
“At the Colm Tóibín event when after 15 minutes of talking about  Tóibín being gay, Damien Wilkins said well let’s talk about your writing, and the audience hoorayed.”

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