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Writers Read - Look who’s coming…


The 2014 Writers Read Series comes to a rollickingly strong finish in September with two world-class fiction writers: Tina Makereti and Damien Wilkins.

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Join us on 5 September for an evening with acclaimed fiction writer Tina Makereti. In 2009 Tina was the recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (non-fiction), and in the same year received the Pikihuia Award for Best Short Story Written in English. Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings, is Tina’s first novel, published by Random House earlier this year. In a recent review, Paula Morris wrote of Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings, ‘Tina’s extraordinary book embraces all manner of loves and strengths but as it faces the challenging and complex effects and behaviours of racism (amongst other issues), it shows too the power of story to delve deep. To take risks. To refract and reflect.’ Don’t miss this extraordinary evening with one of New Zealand finest young writers.


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On 19 September we’re honoured to host acclaimed fiction writer and director of the Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters Damien Wilkins. Damien’s seventh novel, Max Gate was published by Victorian University Press in 2013. Narrated by the maid Nellie Titterington, Max Gate tells the story of the unbelievable world of the legendary writer Thomas Hardy during his final days. Thomas Hardy, Wilkins writes, ‘was a very interesting mix of impulses hiding within a very benign exterior, an old man in a waist jacket and hat, who was nice to cats.’ Described by The Oxford Companion to Literature as ‘potentially the finest New Zealand fiction writer of his generation’, Wilkins’s fiction has been highly lauded; his prizes include The New Zealand Book Award, the New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize, the Whiting Award, and his novels have been long-listed three times for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Wilkins writes essays, poetry, television scripts as well as original music. As a musician and songwriter, in 2011 he released an album of original material (‘Group Hug’) under the name The Close Readers; followed up by ‘New Spirit’ in 2012. This will be a very special evening.

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