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Thu 23 Oct 2014, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: wclblog

Life, Love, Fact and Fiction: two writers talk about the women who drive their characters.

Fiona Kidman’s most recent novel, 'The Infinite Air', and Tracy Farr’s debut novel, 'The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt', each has at its heart the story of a woman born early in the twentieth century, following a non-traditional career, living a long and full life arcing from celebrity to recluse. There’s one key difference: while 'The Infinite Air' has a real historical figure, aviator Jean Batten, as its central character, the musician Lena Gaunt in Farr’s novel is fictional.

Join these two Wellington writers as they talk about the women who inspire and drive the characters they’ve written, and why and when they’ve chosen fact or fiction as their inspiration.

Fiona Kidman has written or edited some 30 books, including, poetry, novels, short stories and non-fiction. The winner of numerous awards and prizes for her work, her most recent novel is 'The Infinite Air'; her 2011 collection of short stories 'The Trouble with Fire' was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Awards and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize. She became a Dame in 1998 (DNZM).

Tracy Farr is an Australian-born, Wellington-based novelist, short story writer and former research scientist. Her debut novel 'The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt’ was longlisted in 2014 for Australia’s Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shortlisted for the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. It is currently being produced for broadcast by Radio New Zealand.

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