New Zealand’s First Taste of Jihad

Damien Fenton

Damien Fenton has written the superb, family-friendly ‘New Zealand and the First World War’ and is now looking more closely at our involvement with the Ottoman Empire after Gallipoli.

Where is home?

Vincent O'Sullivan

Katherine Mansfield wrote many of her finest stories about her home in Wellington – but she had to leave home in order to write about it and yearn for it. Kirsty Gunn and Vincent O’Sullivan explore the idea of home in Mansfield’s writing and their own.

Keeping it in the family

CK Stead

CK Stead and Charlotte Grimshaw will discuss some of the ideas that drive their own writing, the differences between good and bad writing, and the pleasures and perils of keeping it all in the family.

Book launches – free event

Ian Wedde (credit Joanna Forsberg)

Join us to launch Ian Wedde’s memoir The Grass Catcher (Victoria University Press) and Laurence Fearnley’s new novel Reach (Penguin).

This is your life

Dame Fiona Kidman

Is a writer forever remembering times past and writing about them in the present? And how differently does a writer shape their own lives in print as compared with the lives of their fictional characters? Ian Wedde and Dame Fiona Kidman discuss.

Money makes the world go round

Loretta Napoleoni

Are we witnessing the victory of communism with a profit motive in China? Who is funding the Islamic State/Isis in Iraq and Syria? Journalist and political economist, Loretta Napoleoni explains.

Telling stories

Kirsty Gunn

“I want the process of reading to be so transparent that it almost feels to the reader to be a kind of a dream – something that they are experiencing in their own head” – Kirsty Gunn.

How to run the world

Hear Dr. James Manyika, Dr. Mary Quin and Dr. Jacques Bughin as they debate the impacts of information technology on our businesses, on our economics and politics, and on our lives.