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A Lifetime of Words: A session with Vincent O’Sullivan


Sat 12 May 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm

Where: Royal Hotel, 22 Revans Street, Featherston, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: BooktownNZ

Come and experience a once-in-a-lifetime event – the pre-eminent scholar and distinguished novelist, playwright, short story writer, poet, biographer and librettist Vincent O’Sullivan reading from his extraordinary body of literary work.

His writing is wry, erudite and generous, informed by a childhood spent in suburban Auckland and a deep interest in the multiplicity of humanity.​

A graduate of the Universities of Auckland and Oxford, O’Sullivan has also made an outstanding contribution to NZ literary scholarship, illuminating the work of John Mulgan and James K. Baxter, and co-editing the five-volume edition Katherine Mansfield’s Collected Letters and the two-volume Complete Fiction.

Away from the academy, he served as the Books’ Editor for the New Zealand Listener where he was also a trusted critic. He has been fêted often, including with a Prime Minister’s Literary Award (2005) and a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2000), and has won the NZ Book Awards, in its various forms, three times for fiction and thrice for poetry. This event is proudly supported by Messines Bookshop

Entry: Koha

This is an event involved in the Featherston Booktown Festival on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May celebrating everything to do with books, writers and reading.

The three-day programme includes writing workshops; poetry readings; talks by leading authors and illustrators; and a book fair including stalls with rare and second hand books. There are also events specifically for children while this year’s festival has a special emphasis on poetry and young adult fiction.

Take a look at our website for the full programme of events.