The Auckland Writer’s Festival Schools Programme and Family Day has received a tremendous boost with its 2015 programme made possible due to a generous donation from The Freemasons Foundation.
Festival director Anne O’Brien says the partnership is a great fit. “I am delighted to welcome The Freemasons Foundation into our partnership stable. Their generous support demonstrates the organisation’s active and ongoing work for the benefit of young people,” says Ms O’Brien.
David Mace, Chairman of the Freemasons Foundation says The Freemasons are delighted to be partnering the Auckland Writers Festival Schools Programme and Family Day for 2015.
“The work of the Freemasons Foundation is focused wherever we can see a direct and lasting benefit to the community – from cutting edge Medical Research in association with the University of Auckland, the Emerging and Resident Artists of NZ Opera, and now to supporting young, emerging writing talent,” says Mr Mace.
Auckland Writers Festival associate director Eleanor Congreve developed this year’s schools programme and says she hopes it demonstrates the festival’s unswerving commitment to inspiring young writers and readers.
“The Festival is delighted to offer two exciting days of presentations, workshops and discussions by leading local and international youth writers. Encouraging a life-long love of reading by introducing writers to young readers is an important part of the Festival’s mission,” says Ms Congreve.
Globally-celebrated British author of Alex Rider fame, Anthony Horowitz, award-winning US young adult novelist Laurie Halse Anderson, best-selling Australian writer and national treasure Morris Gleitzman, internationally-acclaimed NZ singer/songwriter Hollie Fullbrook (aka TINY RUINS), multi-award winning NZ young adult author Bernard Beckett and leading light of local spoken word poetry Grace Taylor are among the stellar line-up of writers taking part in the Auckland Writers Festival Schools’ Programme, on May 13th and 14th this year at the Aotea Centre.
The Auckland Writers Festival Schools’ Programme is made possible with the generous support of its Gold Partner: The Freemasons Foundation, Grant Partners: ASB Community Trust and Creative New Zealand and Donor Partners: Penguin Random House New Zealand, Walker Books and Warwick.