2023 Festival visiting Authors

We can now unveil our amazing line-up of top-class authors who will feature in our 10th biennial festival.

Witi Ihimaera

Back by popular demand, will feature twice. Firstly, he will introduce, with his co-editors, poets, Kiri Piahana Wong and Vaughan Rapatahana, the ground-breaking double-anthology of Māori writing, and later in an interview with Kiri he will talk about his 50 years as a Māori writer, and his work as an eminent leader in indigenous writing.

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Fiona Sussman

Award-winning novelist, Fiona Sussman, gave up her stethoscope to become a full-time writer.

Fiona’s works are popular amongst Whanganui’s many book clubs. The Doctor’s Wife is a particular favourite, but there  are many more.

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Stephen Davis

Investigative journalist, author and educator, Stephen Davis will discuss his work in uncovering political schemes, cover-ups and conspiracies, real and theoretical.

His book, Operation Trojan Horse, which exposed the British Government’s conspiracy at the opening of the Gulf War, is now available on podcast.

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Sue McCauley

Sue McCauley has been involved in many areas of writing- fiction, filmscripts, journalism, reviewing and short stories. Landed is her long-awaited latest novel.

Patricia Grace describes it as: Such good explorative writing: wit, clarity, images sharp and fresh. As a reader, I am in safe hands with Sue McCauley. As we all are.

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Chris Tse

Poet Laureate, Chris Tse will discuss his current role, and his poetry collections which focus on identity, his own in particular, as a gay Chinese man.

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Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson’s latest novel,  Kind is the product of COVID’s lockdowns. Part satire, part thriller it has been described as ‘Fearless and funny’.

Stephanie has many bows to her writing arrow as playwright, reviewer, short story writer and literary judge.

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Jock Phillips

Jock Phillips is one of New Zealand’s best-known historians. With a  wealth of knowledge he has crafted many books to inform and entertain. His History of New Zealand in 100 Objects is a novel take on his favourite topic.

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Gordon Collier

Gordon Collier gardener extraordinaire, will take us up the garden path and explain how at age 84, and red/green colour-blind he can create garden magic. Nephew to the artist, Edith Collier, he uses his trowel instead of a paint brush to create living works of art.

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"I find television very educational. Every time someone turns on the set, I go into another room and read a book."

Groucho Marx

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