Events 2012

Three Way Conversation at the Pah Homestead

30 August 2012 - 7 pm to 9 pm

Eleanor Catton, who is the current writer in residence at the Michael King Writers' Centre, is taking part in an exciting event at the Pah Homestead on Friday August 30, with authors Emily Perkins and Fiona Farrell. 

Spaces are limited. This is the announcement from the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre:

Hear three of New Zealand’s best-known writers in conversation at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre.

Eleanor CattonEmily Perkins and Fiona Farrell will read from their work, discuss the craft of writing and talk about current works-in-progress.

Fiona Farrell is the current University of Otago Wallace Resident at the Pah Homestead. Her first novel, The Skinny Louie Book won the 1993 New Zealand Book Award. She has since published five further novels. Her poems have also been widely anthologised and several plays remain frequently performed Playmarket New Zealand scripts. Her most recent book,The Broken Book, a nonfiction book about the Christchurch quake, was shortlisted for this year's New Zealand Post Book Awards. Awards received include the Mansfield Fellowship in Menton, the Burns Fellowship at Otago University and 2008 Prime Minister's Award for Fiction. This year she received the ONZM for services to literature. She is currently working on a new book, The Villa at the Edge of the Empire.

Emily Perkins is the author of four novels and a collection of short stories. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies. She teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, and hosted TVNZ7’s book programme The Good Word. In 1994 Emily moved to London, where Picador published her first book Not Her Real Name and Other Stories in 1996 followed by Leave Before You Go in 1998 and The New Girl in 2001. She returned to New Zealand in 2005 and in 2006 held the Buddle Findlay Frank Sargeson Fellowship. Her 2008 book Novel About My Wife won the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In 2011 she was made an Arts Foundation Laureate. Her new book is The Forrests, published by Bloomsbury.

Eleanor Catton wrote her debut novel The Rehearsal when she was 22 years old. First published by Victoria University Press, The Rehearsal won the Best First Book of Fiction Award in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009 and went on to receive international prizes and acclaim, including a longlisting for the 2010 Orange Prize, a shortlisting for the Guardian First Book Award, the UK Society of Authors Betty Trask award, and the First Novel Award. Catton holds an MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she taught creative writing as an adjunct professor. Her forthcoming second novel takes place during the New Zealand gold rushes of the 1860s. She is currently the Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers’ Centre.

A selection of wine, coffee and tea options will be available to purchase from the Pah Cafe on the evening. The Women’s Bookshop will have a stall at the Pah Homestead, selling a selection of books by the three writers. 

$5 cash paid on entry. Last few seats still available to reserve.

 For further information, check the Wallace Arts Centre web site.