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Stories on Radio NZ

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On Wednesday 15 July and Thursday 16 July, two of my short stories will be broadcast (again) on Radio New Zealand. The programme is Nine to Noon and the story slot is 10:45 AM. On 15 July the story is ‘The City God’—set in Shanghai—and on 16 July the story is ‘The Argyle’. Both appear in my first story collection, Forbidden Cities.

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.