The Prize, an increasingly valued international award for fiction, is presented by the Commonwealth Foundation. Each year, a final programme brings regional winning writers and judges together for a series of readings, discussions and other public events, the concluding round of judging and a presentation ceremony for the winning Overall Best Book and Best First Book authors. All eight regional winners, announced in March, will be invited to take part in the programme of activities alongside the final pan-Commonwealth judging. The authors will visit schools, grassroots organisations, charities and prisons, and give readings in a range of bookshops. The week's programme will coincide with the announcement and presentation of the overall Prizes of £5,000 for the Best First Book winner and £10,000 for Best Book winner.
To keep up to date with the programme and events for the 2009 festival bookmark the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival website.
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