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Pukapuka Talks: West Island

Monday 28th October 2019

Five notable 20th century New Zealanders who made their lives in Australia are the subject of this fascinating biographical investigation by award-winning author Stephanie Johnson.

Stephanie Johnson restores these striking New Zealanders – Roland Wakelin, Dulcie Deamer, Jean Devanny, Douglas Stewart and Eric Baume – to our national narrative, using their life stories to illuminate the complex relationship between the two nations. As a writer with strong connections to both countries, Johnson draws on her own experiences of life on both sides of ‘the ditch’ in her reflections on the trans-Tasman diaspora and the cultural divide that sets apart the two countries.

Chaired by Australian expatriate Kerry Sunderland.

Presented by Nelson Arts Festival
Proudly supported by Page & Blackmore and Otago University Press


October 28, 2019


1.30pm; 60 mins, no interval


Nelson & suburbs


Founders Heritage Park
87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
The Granary Festival Café

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Price $16 (plus TicketDirect service fee)

Tickets from Theatre Royal, Nelson i-SITE, Richmond Mall Info Desk, all TicketDirect outlets ph. 03 548 3840, ext 1; 0800 224 224..


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