This year we embrace an adventurous theme, with writers who take risks in their work and in their lives, and we begin some new traditions: a featured country (Scotland), a featured classic (Moby-Dick) and a guest programmer. Tusiata Avia, one of the country’s best poets and performers, has enriched our programme with her creative curatorial choices, and we are grateful to continue our programming partnership with Ngāi Tahu. We also focus particularly on women’s lives in light of 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Finally, we challenge you, our audience, to be adventurous in your decisions about what you see and who you listen to. Take the plunge, be brave – be adventurous. You won’t be sorry.