The Top Writers Radio Show goes out on community access radio station Fresh FM.
The 2017 season of six shows began on Saturday 8 April and runs until Monday 19 June, going out fortnightly. The shows are first broadcast on Saturdays at 3 pm and repeated on Mondays at 11 am.
Each programme begins with a PEN section from Dana Wensley, who is the PEN (NZ) representative for freedom of expression, focusing on a particular author or issue. The main part of the show consists of an interview with a local published writer.
In 2016 Dana Wensley was the sole presenter. For 2017 she handed over this role to Gaelynne Pound in order to concentrate on her Freedom of Speech work for PEN, but she continues to present the PEN item. The first programme of the new season featured Dana interviewing Gaelynne to introduce her. Subsequent programmes featured Bonnie Etherington on her debut novel The Earth Cries Out, Bruce Gilkinson on the memoir/travelogue about his ancestor Walking With James Hogg, Amy Hindley on her memoir Not a Leg to Stand On, Alan Carter on his new crime novel Marlborough Man, and Belinda Mellor on her Silvana series of fantasy novels.
Those interviewed in 2016 were: Panni Palásti on her memoir Budapest Girl; Sue Perkins on her fantasy novel Zaeyen; Geoffrey Waring on his novel Deer Keeper; Annika Ohlson-Smith on Ripples: an anthology by Nelson Romance Writers; Jean Gorman on her historical novels The Lionheart Chronicles; Christine Leunens on her novel A Can of Sunshine.
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