Queenstown Writers Festival Presents: The Landscapes of Laurence Fearnley
Award winning novelist Laurence Fearnley’s books are knowing for evoking a sense of landscape and place. Her novels include Edwin and Matilda (2007), The Hut Builder (2010), Reach (2014) and The Quiet Spectacular (2016).
Local journalist Debbie Jamieson will join Laurence in a conversation about her personal story as a writer and the role of landscape and the natural environment in her novels. Laurence will read from her novels including the recently released “Scented”.
Laurence Fearnley is an award-winning novelist and nonfiction writer. Her novel The Hut Builder won the fiction category of the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards. Edwin and Matilda was runner-up in the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and her second novel, Room, was shortlisted for the 2001 Montana Book Awards. In 2017 she was the joint winner of the Landfall essay competition and in 2016 she won the NZSA/Janet Frame Memorial Award. In 2004 Fearnley was awarded the Artists to Antarctica Fellowship and in 2007 the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. In 2019 she was awarded an Arts Foundation Laureate. Laurence lives in Dunedin. Laurence’s latest novel, Scented, was published in September 2019.