TOP WRITERS is a new radio show sponsored by the Top of the South Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. It is produced and written by freedom of speech spokesperson for New Zealand, Dana Wensley Ph.D.
The programme can be heard on Fresh FM. Each show includes an update on freedom of speech issues both in New Zealand and around the world, as well as interviews with local writers.
The first show aired on 23rd April and included an interview with Panni Palasti who spoke about her book Budapest Girl. Panni Palasti is a Hungarian writer who now lives in New Zealand. Her memoir, Budapest Girl, is a powerful mix of poetry and prose, and examines the stories of her childhood, her father (a writer who was in a labour camp during the war) and her experiences growing up in Nazi occupied Hungary.