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Kiwi authors to share Edinburgh stage

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/06/2017

Top Kiwi authors Hera Lindsay Bird, Courtenay Sina Meredith and Sarah Laing are set to speak at this August's Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The trio will be among 1000 authors from 45 countries taking part in the festival's 2017 programme, which is themed Brave New Words.

Popular Wellington poet Ms Bird will appear at the festival alongside recent Ted Hughes poetry competition prize-winner Hollie McNish in the Poetry Superstars panel.

She will also perform in a late night spoken word showcase.

Auckland poet Ms Meredith will join a 21st Century Women panel and then make another appearance alongside Scottish poet and musician Kirsten Norrie, better known by her performance name MacGillivray.

Novelist and comic artist Sarah Laing will host a reading workshop of stories by early Kiwi modernist short story writer Katherine Mansfield.

Laing will also feature in the workshop Graphic Novels of Influential Women as she chats about her graphic novel tribute to Ms Mansfield, called Mansfield & Me.

Beginning in 1983, the Edinburgh festival has grown to become the largest of its kind in the world with about 220,000 visitors annually.

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