Auckland Writers & Readers Festival Artistic Director Anne O’Brien appointed Festival Director

Auckland Writers & Readers Festival Artistic Director Anne O’Brien is to take up the role of Festival Director of the event. The Board announcement follows the resignation of General Manager Anne Rodda, who is leaving the organisation to pursue commercial opportunities.

As Festival Director, Anne will oversee both programming and operations for the organisation. She is currently working closely with the Board and staff to re-align roles to support the change.

“After three years with Anne Rodda at the operational helm, and the implementation of key systems, the Festival is extremely well-positioned for its next period of growth.   Anne O’Brien, who joined us as Artistic Director in December 2011, has extensive management experience alongside her programming skills, providing the opportunity to re-configure to make best use of available resources,” said Board Chair Dr Sarah Sandley.

A trained journalist with a degree in English Literature, Anne O’Brien has managed Wellington’s Writers & Readers Week, held the position of executive director of not-for-profit organisation Women in Film and Television through a three year period of major strategic change, and run her own events management and production company.

“I’m delighted to take on this new opportunity and to work with a committed and talented team to continue the development of this vibrant, growing arts event,” Anne O’Brien said.

Anne O’Brien officially starts in her new position on 1 January 2013.  The Auckland Writers & Readers Festival is New Zealand’s leading celebration of literature and ideas.  The 2013 event will take place 15-19 May at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.