Events 2013

Sarah Laing in conversation with Bianca Zander and Sue Orr

28 November 2013 - 7.30 pm for 8 pm

Devonport Community House, 32 Clarence St, Devonport

Successful writers all, Sarah Laing, Bianca Zander and Sue Orr have among them authored five novels. Their other achievements include visual design, journalism and several prestigious literary fellowships. A conversation among these writers is sure to be intriguing.

Sarah Laing is the current writer in residence at the Michael King Writers’ Centre. She holds the six-month University of Auckland Residency. She also held a short residency at the centre in 2008, when she completed her novel Dead People’s Music. Her latest novel The Fall of the Light was published this year and her new multi-genre project is a graphic novel, part memoir and part biography, about her fascination with Katherine Mansfield. Of her work she has said: "I ... love pretending to be an analyst, trying to figure out motivations for people's peculiar behaviour.”

Bianca Zander has written for newspapers including the The New Zealand ListenerSunday Star Times, and Dominion Post, produced radio shows and written for film and television. In 2009, she wrote the short film The Handover, which screened in competition at the Chicago Film Festival. She teaches creative writing at AUT. Her first novel The Girl Below was published in 2012 and she has a new novel The Predictions due out soon.

Sue Orr has worked as a journalist, contract writer and speech writer. Her first book, Etiquette for a Dinner Party: Short Stories, was published in 2008. It won the Lilian Ida Smith Award and was listed in the NZ Listener’s Top 100 Books of 2008. Her second book, From Under the Overcoat, was published in 2011, was a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards that year and won the People's Choice Award. Her work has been published in anthologies and journals. She teaches creative writing at MIT in Manukau. 

A Devonport Library Associates event. Free (koha appreciated)