Navigation for Writers and Readers Festivals

A A GillSunday 19 June 2011 4:06pm

A.A. Gill, food and restaurant critic

Feared by some in the food trade for the ferocity of his judgements, the writer A.A. Gill is a TV and restaurant critic for the UK’s Sunday Times. His witty, acerbic and honest conversation with chef, and television presenter, Al Brown about food, travel, and life, is one of the highlights of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

Madhur JaffreySunday 26 June 2011 4:06pm

Madhur Jaffrey on a life devoted to Indian food

Born in Delhi, Madhur Jaffrey was is an actress and cookbook writer who is regarded by many as a world authority on Indian food. She talks with Alexa Johnston about her astonishing life, her family, and her dedication to demystifying Indian cooking.


Hana Schofield and Atka ReidSunday 3 July 2011 4:06pm

Goodbye Sarajevo

Now living in Auckland, sisters Hana Schofield and Atka Reid were caught up in 1992 in the middle of the civil war which tore Yugoslavia apart. Then aged twelve, Hana boards one of the last UN evacuation buses to flee the besieged city of Sarajevo. Her 21-year-old sister Atka stays behind to look after their five younger siblings. Atka’s daily life is punctuated by sniper and mortar attacks and desperate food shortages as she and the family struggle to survive. The authors of Goodbye Sarajevo talk with Lynn Freeman about the events which brought them and their family to New Zealand.

Barbara StrauchSunday 10 July 2011 4:06pm

Barbara Strauch on the secrets of the brain

Science Editor at The New York Times, Barbara Strauch has written books on the human brain in teenage and middle age years, and how research is expanding our knowledge of its development and function. She discusses her discoveries with Kim Hill.


Naomi OreskesSunday 17 July 2011 4:06pm

Michael King Memorial Lecture: Naomi Oreskes on science and doubt

“Doubt is our product,” ran the infamous memo written by one tobacco industry executive in 1969, “since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the minds of the general public.” There’s no denying “doubt” is crucial to science and drives it forward, but it also makes science, and scientists, vulnerable to misrepresentation, according to Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She explores this theme in the 2011 Michael King Memorial Lecture.