Writing about Newtown. Four writers who have set their works in Newtown (Wellington) in conversation.

18:00 pm
19:00 pm
Newtown Public Library
13 Constable Street, Newtown
Wellington
Rachel Kerr author of Victory Park, Carl Shuker author of A Mistake and Michalia Arathimos author of Aukati in conversation with Mary McCallum about setting their fiction in Newtown. With Jackson Nieuwland reading their poem from their collection I am a human being about working at Newtown Library. Join us to hear these four esteemed authors all writing about Newtown talking about their work. All with very different voices and all with very different things to say. Yet all of the highest calibre this event this bound to be entertaining and stimulating and to make it even more complete we will be staging it at Newtown Library. The authors involved are... Rachel Kerr has exploded onto the New Zealand literary scene with her debut novel Victory Park. About a single mother living on a block of flats in a fictionalised Newtown. Her life is humdrum until the mysterious Bridget moves into the flats, bringing with her unexpected friendship, glamour and wild dreams. Carl Shuker’s A Mistake. Is about an operation what goes wrong, in a hospital based on Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown when a young woman dies, who is culpable and who is to blame. The moral and ethical repercussions of this tragic event are explored in this masterful work which was shortlisted for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize 2020. Michalia Arathimos’s Aukati begins with two people arriving at a marae to protest fracking at a nearby farm. Family, political protest and culture intersect in this thoughtful, elegant, moving, and economically written novel.  Apologia is her award-winning collection of short stories and deals with how people deal with trauma and fear in various contexts.  Michalia Arathimos describes herself as a Greek-New Zealander she currently is the Writer in Residence at Randell Cottage and will hold the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship in 2021. Poet Jackson Nieuwland has been a busy person not only releasing their first beautiful, complex and surreal collection of poetry   I am a Human Being, but also opening Food Court Books in Newtown and is also in the process of launching their own publishing house .