Auckland Writers Winter Program Begins Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first day of the Auckland Writers Winter program, which will be held live online and streaming via Youtube and Facebook.

Auckland Writers Winter Series

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well and keeping safe.

Tomorrow is the first day of the Auckland Writers Winter program, which will be held live online and streaming via Youtube and Facebook.

The series runs every Sunday from tomorrow for the next 13 weeks, and it will be jam-packed with everything related to the written word and includes some of literature’s biggest names, such as Neil Gaiman!

Here are the details for tomorrow’s schedule via the Auckland Writers Festival website:

Episode One features Booker Prize joint winner Bernardine Evaristo on Girl, Woman, Other; NZ actor and writer Barbara Ewing with her about-to-be-published memoir One Minute Crying Time; and former Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard with Economists At War.

You can tune in via YouTube, Facebook, or via the website if you miss the live stream.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akwrfest
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AKwritersFESTIVAL
AWF website: http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/look-and-listen/videos/

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation around the world, the Auckland Writers Festival has been canceled. For more details about how to get tickets refunded, please visit their website here.

The Hermit and The King by Paulo Coelho

An old hermit was once invited to visit the court of the most powerful king of those times.

I have updates coming and I’ve been busy behind the scenes reviewing my first book and writing another review for Doctor Sleep but for now, I’d like to blog this post by one of my favourite authors, Paulo Coelho called The Hermit and The King, It’s only 30 seconds of reading but how inspiring is this?

An old hermit was once invited to visit the court of the most powerful king of those times.

“I envy such a saintly man, who is content with so little,” said the ruler.

“I envy Your Majesty, who is content with even less that I,” responded the hermit.

“How can you say such a thing, if this entire country belongs to me?” – said the offended king.

“For precisely that reason. I have the music of the celestial spheres, I have the rivers and mountains of the whole world, I have the moon and the sun, because I have God in my soul. Your Majesty, on the other hand, has only this kingdom.”

Poem #1

The exuberance of youth…

The exuberance of youth!
Children laughing, shouting, talking
It’s painful to think that one must be a child
To feel that alive
Was I like that once?
Did I shudder with excitement at the thought of anything and everything?
Will I ever feel that alive again?
Perhaps
and then again
Perhaps no…