Navigating Time & Space | PukapukaTalks (Nelson Arts Festival)

17:30 pm
18:30 pm
Suter Theatre
208 Bridge Street
From the peaks of the Southern Alps to the darkest reaches of the universe, Nic Low and Annette Lees guide us through their journeys of discovery. Armed with Ngāi Tahu’s traditional oral maps and modern satellite atlas, Nic Low crosses the Southern Alps more than a dozen times, trying to understand how our forebears saw the land. His new book, Uprising: Walking the Southern Alps of New Zealand, is an invitation to travel one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes in the company of Māori explorers, raiding parties, and gods. In After Dark: Walking into the Nights of Aotearoa, Annette Lees takes us walking into the night of Aotearoa that follows. In the company of bats, owls, moths, singing crickets and seabirds, After Dark guides us from dusk to dawn through a rich and fascinating trove of night stories, weaving memoir, social history and unknown tales from the natural world. Both books inspire readers to step out of their comfort zones into a wilder and older world that is waiting there. Chaired by Pania Walton. Thanks to Text Publishing and Potton & Burton Nic Low Nic Low is a writer of Ngāi Tahu and European descent who divides his time between Melbourne and Christchurch. His writing on wilderness, technology and race has been widely published and anthologised on both sides of the Tasman. His first book was Arms Race, a collection of speculative fictions shortlisted for the Readings and Steele Rudd prizes, and named a New Zealand Listener and Australian Book Review book of the year. He is co-director of the WORD Christchurch festival. ANNETTE LEES Annette Lees has been an outdoor and natural world enthusiast from childhood. With a Masters of Science degree in ecology and landscape conservation, she has had a career in conservation in New Zealand and the tropical Pacific and has worked and travelled in South America and Africa. She is the author of three books that explore our connection to nature: The Deep Sky Waits on the Outskirts of Town (Reed 1996); Swim: A year of swimming outdoors in New Zealand (2018) (longlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Prize of the Ockham Book Awards); and After Dark: Walking into the nights of Aotearoa (2021). She lives in the Waitakere River valley with her family. PANIA WALTON Born in the Wairarapa and raised in Wellington, Pania has lived in Te Tauihu for about 13 years and recently relocated from Riwaka to Whakatū. Given Pania loves both walking in the dark and hard to reach places, she can often be found surprising possums at dawn in the Grampians, or hatching plans to visit some of our most remote backcountry huts. As a long time arts advocate and community development champion, she recently completed a Masters of Arts in Arts Management (Hons), focusing on the transformative power of contemporary art space. She works for Tasman District Libraries, where she is currently developing an oral history collection.