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Three Way Conversation

August 30, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

30 August 2012, 7-9pm, Drawing Room

Fiona Farrell, Emily Perkins & Eleanor Catton

Fiona Farrell                                  Emily Perkins                         Eleanor Catton


Hear three of New Zealand’s best-known writers in conversation at the Pah Homestead. Eleanor Catton (The Rehearsal), Emily Perkins (The Forrests) and Fiona Farrell (The Broken Book) will read from their work, discuss the craft of writing and talk about current work-in-progress. A selection of beautiful wine, coffee and tea options will be available to purchase from the the Pah Cafe on the evening.


$5 cash door entry.
Limited seating so reserve NOW – email rsvp@wallaceartstrust.org.nz
No door sales.

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Fiona Farrell

Fiona Farrell, the current Writer in Residence at the Pah Homestead, is a writer of fiction, poetry and plays. Her first novel, The Skinny Louie Book won the 1993 New Zealand Book Award. Since then, she has published five further novels, four of which have been shortlisted for that award. Several have also been nominated for the International Dublin IMPAC Award. Her award-winning short stories have appeared alongside Hanif Kureishi and Alice Munro in collections of the best short fiction in English.

Her poems have also been widely anthologised and one, The Pop-Up Book of Invasions, was runner up in the poetry section at the New Zealand Book Awards in 2008. Of her several plays, Chook Chookremains one of Playmarket New Zealand’s most frequently performed scripts.  Her most recent book,The Broken Book, a nonfiction book about the Christchurch quake, is shortlisted for this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards. She has received various awards, including the Mansfield Fellowship in Menton, the Burns Fellowship at Otago University and 2008 Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction.

This year she received the ONZM for services to literature. Currently she is collaborating with composer Chris Adams on an opera (“River Lavalle”) and with Edinburgh-based composer Lyell Cresswell on a piece for performance next year by the NZSO. She is also working on a new book, The Villa at the Edge of the Empire.


Emily Perkins

Emily Perkins is the author of four novels, including Novel About My Wife, and a collection of short stories, Not Her Real Name. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies. She teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, and hosted TVNZ7’s book programme The Good Word.

Emily grew up in Auckland and Wellington. She left school to act in the TVNZ drama Open House, and trained at the New Zealand Drama School, but it turned out she made a better waitress than an actress. In 1993 she studied creative writing in Bill Manhire’s class at Victoria University. Her first story was published in Sport at the end of that year.

In 1994 Emily moved to London, where Picador published her first book in 1996. Her novels Leave Before You Go and The New Girl followed, and as well as fiction, book reviews and personal essays she wrote a long-running column for the Independent on Sunday.

She returned to New Zealand in 2005 and in 2006 held the Buddle Findlay Frank Sargeson Fellowship. In 2011 she was made an Arts Foundation Laureate. Her new book is The Forrests, published by Bloomsbury. Emily lives in Auckland with her husband, artist Karl Maughan, and their children.


Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand. She wrote her debut novel The Rehearsal when she was 22 years old. First published in New Zealand by Victoria University Press,The Rehearsal went on to receive international prizes and acclaim, including a longlisting for the 2010 Orange Prize, a shortlisting for the Guardian First Book Award, the UK Society of Authors Betty Trask award, and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. It has now been translated into thirteen languages. The Rehearsal, which charts the aftermath of a sex scandal at a girls’ high school, has been described as
‘a Russian doll of a novel’ and ‘a glimpse into the future of the novel itself’.

Catton holds an MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she taught creative writing as an adjunct professor following her graduation. Her forthcoming second novel, which she describes as an ‘astrological murder mystery’, takes place during the New Zealand gold rushes of the 1860s. She is currently the Writer in Residence at theMichael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport, Auckland.


August 30, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough
Auckland, 1042 New Zealand
09 639 2010