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.

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.

New in August!

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This week Puffin NZ published my first book for children, Hene and the Burning Harbour. I’ve noticed it’s also available online in the UK, as well as in New Zealand and Australia, and in both print and e-book editions.

Also new: the main characters from Trendy But Casual have resurfaced in a new blog, Everybody Needs Two or Three Friends. It’s about publicity, celebrities, and nonsense – not necessarily in that order. Please visit!

On writing

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I have a couple of new things posted online this week. The first is a blog post on ‘Inspired Openings’ for a great YA publishing site.

The second is quite different, a review of for Landfall Online of Your Unselfish Kindness: Robin Hyde’s Autobiographical Writings, edited by Mary Edmond-Paul. Hyde is an important New Zealand writer from the early part of the twentieth century, and I found this new collection fascinating.

Back to Berlin

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Thanks to a very kind invitation from the New Zealand Embassy in Germany, I’ll be back in Berlin in early April for an event at the English Theatre. The NZ ambassador, Peter Rider, and I will be presenting a wide-ranging programme on NZ books and writers (and culture, history, sport!) as part of the theatre’s Berlin Sofa series.