Talks in Iowa and Auckland

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On July 12, as part of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival’s The Eleventh Hour series, I’ll be giving a talk called ‘Against Ideas’. I’ll be in Iowa City from July 9-15, teaching a weekend and week-long course, both on writing novels. The latter is fully subscribed, but I think there are are still places on the weekend course (July 9-10).

On August 16, back in Auckland, I’ll be giving a talk on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane and Helen Dore Boylston at the University. I did a lot of Wilder research back in the 90s, visiting all the home sites – in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and upstate New York – and spending time researching at the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, where the Wilder papers are held. (Little-known fact: I was a Hoover Scholar.)

Event in London

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On Thursday April 23rd, my story ‘False River’ – shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award – will be read at an event at Foyles Book Shop in London. You can buy a ticket from the Foyles web site. The actor reading the story is Gary Dourdan, of CSI fame. I’ll be in London all that week, to attend the two nights of readings at Foyles, as well as the awards ceremony itself.

Back in Iowa City

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I’m going to be teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival later this month, which means a stretch of hot weather, I hope. It’s ten years since I lived in Iowa City, and I’m always really happy to go back. My novel class there is full, but I think there are still spaces available on my weekend course. I’m also giving a public lecture, in their Eleventh Hour speaking series. It’s an American version of my “Imperial World: the Politics of International Book Prizes” talk. The talk takes place at the University of Iowa, Biology Building East, Room 101, at 11 AM on Thursday, June 19th.

London

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Just a reminder that I’m appearing in five events this weekend (May 30-June 1) at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature. Please come along if you’re in London. Check out the link above for details of events and venues.

One of the events is the launch of the special NZ issue of Five Dials.You can subscribe to Five Dials for free by clicking this link.

Ghosts Among Us

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Witi Ihimaera and I are working with the London-based kapa haka group, Ngati Ranana, to do something quite special at the ANZ festival in late May. There’s a link to our event here. If you’re in London, please come along to see us read/perform on May 31st, in King’s College Chapel.

Festival dates

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Upcoming festival appearances include various events at the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival in May. My solo event is a free lecture called “Imperial World: The Politics of Book Prizes at the University of Auckland on Thursday, May 15th.

I’m also involved in the first-ever Australia/New Zealand Festival of Literature in London at the end of May. As soon as the programme is announced, I’ll list the events here.