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Forethought: Wellington - Talk 2: Encounters


Fri 29 Jul 2016, 5:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Forethought is a public talk series based in Wellington and Auckland: four events, each with one central theme, two speakers with different perspectives and a whole lot of conversation!

Benjamin Johnson (The Free Store) & James Meffan (Offensive Fiction, VUW English Dept), (Longer Bios Below).

Zeffer Cider, soulful nibbles from Nanny's Food Truck and other refreshments included in ticket price.

Our speakers will deliver 20-minute talks back to back, followed by a Q&A session. After you can mix and mingle, delve into new ideas and discuss the topics of the evening.

We're so excited to be sponsored by Zeffer Cider Company this year; their delicious crispy apple ciders will be yours to enjoy at all 2016 Forethought events in Auckland and Wellington. For this event, we're also totally stoked to be serving up delicious soulfood from the infamous Nanny's Food Truck - nourishment for your body and soul!

Speaker Bios:
Benjamin Johnson -
Benjamin is the founder-director behind local gem, The Free Store - a non-profit organisation and community that lovingly redistributes edible surplus food from over 45 local cafes, bakeries, restaurants and catering companies to anyone who "determine themselves as being in need of it."

Built upon a genealogy that began in 1967 with a 'Free Store' project in San Fran to Kim Paton's establishment of a temporary Wellington Free Store for two weeks in mid 2010, The Free Store Wellington has now found a permanent local home in a beautifully designed shipping container tucked in between the new Salvation Army op-shop and St Peter's Anglican Church on Wellington's Wills St. Here, the Free Store Wellington is both "an expression of community" and a place to "nurture community," inclusively inviting people from all walks of life to participate in "giving and receiving."

Benjamin joins us to talk the different 'encounters' that have unfolded as the Free Store has taken root, both as a busy space of sharing every weeknight at 6 pm and as an embodiment of a philosophy that takes seriously the importance of empathy, recognition and social sustainability.

James Meffan -
Awkward books are James Meffan’s speciality. As a lecturer in the English programme at Victoria University, James’ classes focus on the critical ethical issues around literature, touching on topics such as sex and gender, post-colonialism, the importance of keeping risky questions open, and the ways in which our reading practices both change with the times and overlap with our political ideologies.

He recently wrote on the banned book, Into the River, in the New Zealand Herald, noting the very critical spaces that literature provides to develop our “decision making processes (for) complex situations without the risks of real life encounters.”

At Forethought, James will be talking what it means to encounter through fiction and the elements of community building that happen through challenging or even offensive, fiction!

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