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Indian author Annie Zaidi is a force of nature. When not writing award-winning memoir, reportage or plays, or directing films like In her words: The journey of Indian women, or editing anthologies like Unbound: 2000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing, she is crafting novels showing India from vantages unlike others you’ve read. What they share is a refusal to simplify or romanticise, and a ‘wise, whimsical loveliness’, as one critic said of her latest, City of Incident. Catch this generous, fierce thinker live from New Delhi, in conversation with Dr Hafsa Ahmed.



The Faraway Near bar

The Faraway Near is our beautiful, intimate venue for international digital events. Grab a seat, with the night’s overseas guest seated at your table via a life-sized screen, sharing drinks and conversation. These sessions are more dinner party than hushed theatre, and were the hit of 2021’s festival.

Our guests are broadcast from their own homes around the world, and appear in informal conversation with a skilled interviewer who’s sitting with you in the bar. The bar will be open throughout, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions of your guest as well.

Choose to sit at the dining tables with our writers in the most intimate A reserve spots, or join others in the lounge to tune in from the big B reserve screen.

A Reserve: our most intimate seats, at a dining table with a small group, and your writer life-sized on screen.

B Reserve: in the lounge with a larger group, tuning into your writer on a bigger screen

Saturday, 3 September
TSB Space, Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm A Reserve $42/$37
B Reserve $33/$28
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