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Jennifer Sturm: Anna Kavan


Fri 14 May 2010, 3:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Lower NZI Room, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard, from 12 May: $19.50
  • Earlybird: $16.50
  • Club Member: $15.50
  • Student: $9.75
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New Zealanders live "in temporary shacks, uneasily, as reluctant campers too far from home", wrote Anna Kavan in a London magazine in 1943.

Previously thought to be hostile to New Zealand, in researching the prize-winning English author of 19 books, Dr Jennifer Sturm uncovered letters and unpublished short stories written during Kavan’s 2-year stay, published for the first time in Anna Kavan's New Zealand (2009), which add weight to the argument that Kavan had a more complex and affectionate response.

Sturm discusses the experimental writer and talented artist -- whose life included bouts of depression, heroin addiction and a stream of unconventional love affairs -- with Peter Wells, giving us an intriguing insight into both the writer, and New Zealand in the 1940s.

Presented as a part of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

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