IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE:
This event will not go ahead as scheduled, due to illness.
The Festival encourages current ticket holders to hold on to their
tickets, which would remain valid for a rescheduled appearance later in the
year. Alternatively, ticket holders may request a refund from Ticketek from 9am
Friday 12 February.
Voted the world’s top thinker by Prospect
magazine readers, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is never far from the
headlines, having been first catapulted to fame by his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, and later dubbed the
world’s most outspoken and controversial atheist after his 2006 rejection of a
supernatural creator in The God Delusion.
In a special one-off New Zealand event, Dawkins will reflect on his
eminent career as a scientist and the ideas and influences he writes about in
his recent second volume of memoir, Brief
Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science. He will also talk about what it was
like to live through the international fallout from The God Delusion.
Dawkins was so popular when he appeared at Writers Week during the 2010
New Zealand Festival we had to move him from Wellington Town Hall to the
Michael Fowler Centre, which then sold out as well. So make sure you book early
for his return to the Michael Fowler Centre and Writers Week in 2016.
Dawkins will be in conversation with New Zealand writer Bernard Beckett
(author of Falling for Science: Asking
the Big Questions).