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Off the Page: Rebecca Priestley & Sarah Laing

  • Calendar Icon Friday, 23 April 2021, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Location Icon Central Library Mezzanine Floor, Central Library


Join us for an evening with Rebecca Priestley and Sarah Laing in conversation with Laura Jean McKay.

Light refreshments from 6.30pm, main event begins 7pm.

Mezzanine Floor, Central Library.

Rebecca Priestley is an associate professor at Victoria University of Wellington and director of the university’s Centre for Science in Society. Rebecca was science columnist for the NZ Listener for six years and is the author or editor of six books, the most recent of which is Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica (2019), which was recently longlisted for the General Non-fiction Award at the 2020 Ockham NZ Book Awards. She is a winner of the Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize (2009) and the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize (2016). In 2018 she was made a Companion of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. She has an undergraduate degree in geology, a PhD in the history of science and an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters.

Sarah Laing is an award-winning cartoonist, short story writer, novelist and graphic designer. Let Me Be Frank is her fifth book, and she has also illustrated children’s books, made zines and co-edited Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics. Her most recent graphic memoir, Mansfield and Me, was longlisted in the 2017 Ockham book awards, and was published in New Zealand and the UK, where it was favourably reviewed by The Guardian and The Sunday Times Literary Supplement. Sarah has been the recipient of both the Michael King and the Frank Sargeson literary fellowships in Auckland. She now lives in Wellington.


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