Writers are artists who create worlds with words drawn from their experiences and imaginations. They pull us through time and space, hold up revealing mirrors, refigure the way we live and question the DNA of our every day.

For the 2020 New Zealand Festival of the Arts, the Writers programme has been extended over three invigorating weeks to present even more extraordinary voices that will take us on journeys to Zambia, Chernobyl, America, Antarctica and back to talk sex, science, gender politics and Aotearoa. We ride into love, hug trees, peer at the future, question who we are, confront inequality and discover what keeps us awake at night. With three stimulating weeks to celebrate writers, take the time to listen, ask questions and connect to stories and ideas from writers the world over.

Read Elizabeth Knox's opening lecture from the start of this years Writers Programme.