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Scented: An Evening with Laurence Fearnley

  • Calendar Icon Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Location Icon Central Library Event Central - Ground Floor


Join us for an evening with Laurence Fearnley in conversation with Thon Conroy. Laurence will be talking about her new book 'Scented'.
A fascinating novel about following one's nose . . .

A fragrance can linger on cloths, in rooms, over the air, in our lives. It can transport us back to the past and reawaken memories of childhood, family, a first love or cherished friends...

Scented will have you smelling your way through life and pondering what scents define you and your experiences. This is a must-read novel.

A compelling and poignant search for identity through perfume.
Granny Seren told me I had a natural talent for perfume making, and I believed her because she seemed to know what she was talking about and she never lied. It was Seren who introduced me to the idea of a signature scent.

As a university lecturer, Siân didn’t need a signature scent to know who she was. But, prompted by her job loss following restructuring of the humanities – and the effect this has on her identity – she begins to construct a perfume of herself. Note by perfume note, referencing scent memories and recent events, she rebuilds herself, Scented.

Laurence Fearnley is an award-winning novelist. Her novel The Hut Builder won the fiction category of the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards and was shortlisted for the international 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain writing. Her 2014 novel, Reach, was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, Edwin and Matilda was runner-up in the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and her second novel, Room, was shortlisted for the 2001 Montana Book Awards. In 2015, she worked alongside mountaineer Lydia Bradey to write Going Up is Easy, a climbing memoir that was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Literature Award. In 2004 Fearnley was awarded the Artists to Antarctica Fellowship and in 2007 the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. Laurence Fearnley lives in Dunedin with her husband and son.

Please RSVP to genny.vella@pncc.govt.nz or palmerstonnorth@paperplus.co.nz

Presented by Paper Plus Palmerston North and Penguin Books New Zealand.