[Update - Friday, 2nd August:]
So here are some photos from our most entertaining excursion to Waikato University yesterday (courtesy of Bronwyn). Unfortunately there are none of her, as she was holding the camera the whole time:
So, if any of you should happen to find yourselves in Hamilton on Thursday, 1st August, towards evening, why not make your way to Waikato University to enjoy this event?
Writers Without Borders
1st Aug 2013 6:30pm
Acclaimed writers Catherine Chidgey, Tracey Slaughter and Jack Ross are joined by visiting US author, Lynn Bloom, for a lively exchange about writing. The writers will read from their work in progress and exchange views on fiction and non-fiction writing. Drinks and nibbles from 6pm, event begins at 6.30pm
Tickets: Gold coin donation appreciated
Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton
There's a nice article promoting the event on the Yahoo! NZ News site where you can find out more about it. These are the principal details:
Lynn Z Bloom: The Essay Connection (10th edition: 2012)
Join us at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts for a lounge style conversation with four accomplished writers who will be discussing their current work.
Lynn Z. Bloom learned the essentials of writing from books such as Dr. Seuss, (fun); Strunk and E.B. White, (elegant simplicity). She holds the AETNA Chair of Writing at the University of Connecticut and has just received a Fulbright Specialist grant to lecture on Creative Non-fiction in New Zealand. Her latest book, Hot Genres: Alluring nonfiction, is due for publication in 2014.
Catherine Chidgey’s first novel, In a Fishbone Church, won Best First Book at the New Zealand Book Awards, the Betty Trask Award in the UK and Best First Book at the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Among numerous awards, she has held the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Menton, France. She has been Writer in Residence at Canterbury, Otago and Waikato & the Wallace Art Centre in Auckland.
Jack Ross is a New Zealand poet and fiction-writer. His publications include four full-length books of poems, numerous poetry chapbooks, three novels, a novella, and two books of short stories. He lectures in English and Creative Writing at Massey University’s Auckland Campus.
Tracey Slaughter’s first collection of poems and short stories, Her Body Rises, was published by Random House in 2005. Her short stories have been widely anthologized and have received numerous awards including BNZ Katherine Mansfield Premier Award in 2004. In 2010 Tracey received the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary. She currently teaches creative writing at Waikato University.
When: Thursday 1 August, 6.30pm
Venue: Te Whare, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
Light refreshments will be provided from 6.00pm
Catherine Chidgey: In a Fishbone Church (1998)
My original suggestion for a name for this event was "Three chords and the truth" - Tracey was pretty happy with being the truth, but I fear the others thought it might sound a bit flippant. We're all planning to have a good time, I can assure you. Whether or not the audience will is more debatable, but I'm sure we'll all do our best to be entertaining ...
Jack Ross: Kingdom of Alt (2010)
Lynn Bloom's visiting New Zealand on a Fulbright scholarship and I'm glad to say that she'll be giving a guest lecture in my Travel Writing course at Massey Albany on the 12th August.
Tracey Slaughter: Her body rises (2005)
Catherine Chidgey and my good friend Dr. Tracey Slaughter are too well known for me to need further introduction here. I am (of course) hugely looking forward to being on the same platform as them!
Paul Theroux: Doctor Slaughter (1985)