Going West, Aotearoa's oldest indy LitFest, used to be all about the bringing together of writers and readers in a room, even on a train, to chat about books.
But that was then. After two disrupted years, Going West 2022 is embracing the new opportunities offered by going online. These include commissioning new work showcasing storytellers.
The Festival is also about to launch two new art-house documentary shorts - one on the poet Nathan Joe and Kathleen Winter's film about the poet Freya Daly Sadgrove.
Lynn Freeman chats with Kathleen and Nathan. First though, Going West's Director James Littlewood explains why - rather than relying on Zoom like some literary festivals - they've gone in a different direction: