Last night I interviewed Zia Haider Rahman at the Dunedin Readers and Writer’s festival. He is the author who is winning all kinds of plaudits and prizes for his debut novel “In the Light of What We know” . Its a fascinating read which requires a lot of reflection and pondering . I asked him about humility in writing and the importance of not allowing your ego to interfere with narrrative and characterisation; I asked him about the dual narrator structure he uses and whether this is really his attempt to reconcile his childhood poverty with his adult affluence; but we traversed class and inequality, homelessness and identity ; dislocation and belonging. Love,friendship and betrayal. Its the mark of a good literary novel that its not easy to classify or categorise. Anyway, he is a delightful person, great writer and an interesting raconteur. He reminded me yet again of how important it is that we protect ,promote and expand our enthusiasm for the book and what it embodies. What would the world look like without books to read and reflect on and authors to inspire us and generate solutions to universal existential dilemmas? It is also good to know that the two events at the Regent Theatre last night attracted over 400 people. Dunedin rightly deserves its UNESCO status as a city of Literature!
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