Avi Duckor-Jones

Avi Duckor-Jones is an Auckland (NZ)-based writer. Although trained as a lawyer, he gained his MA in creative writing from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters (NZ) in 2013. His travel writing has appeared in various publications, including BBC Travel, The NZ Listener and Lonely Planet. Avi’s play, On Dry Land, was performed in Wellington in 2017 and his TV series Avi’s Return to Ghana aired on TVNZ in 2018. His first novel, Swim, won the 2018 Viva la Novella Award.




Taking Flight

Orly Castel-Bloom (Israel), Andrea Goldsmith and Avi Duckor-Jones (NZ) have all written superb books. Traversing Egypt, Israel, Spain, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, here are exiles of state, of community, of self. But within these tales – some fictional, some true – there also reside forms of flight that are liberating and transformative. Witness flights…

May 4, 2020

Into the Past

“Life can be understood backwards, but it must be understood forwards” (Kierkegaard). Authors Suzy Zail, Philip Salom and Avi Duckor-Jones take an existential dive into the way the past can haunt us, holding a mirror up to what we find there and how we learn from the things we see. Moderated by Bernard Cohen.

May 3, 2020

Of Folk and Fairy Tales

Host extraordinaire, Rachael Kohn, will guide us through a dark and wonderful storytelling journey featuring a line-up of internationally acclaimed writers. Orly Castel-Bloom (Israel), Wallace Shawn (US), Jaye Kranz, Avi Duckor-Jones (NZ), Bram Presser, Alex Skovron, Hana Assafiri and Jude Perl respond to the theme ‘Of Folk and Fairy Tales’. They may be subversive, dabble…

May 2, 2020