"A conversation with my country."
Hear what controversial New Zealand author Alan Duff really thinks about Aotearoa today and writing the truth as you see it.
The latest book by the author of Once Were Warriors is reflective, honest and provocative. Duff’s is a story of hardship, success and never shying away from taking a position on the essential issues facing both Māori and Pākehā. The wero of this book is to test your own beliefs against those of others to see if you arrive at the place from which you started. Join the author for a frank conversation about writing the truth as you see it.
Alan Duff was born in Rotorua in 1950. He has written novels, including Once Were Warriors, One Night Out Stealing and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? a novella (State Ward), several children’s books and a number of non-fiction works. Once Were Warriors won the Pen Best First Book of Fiction Award and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? won the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Fiction. Both novels were made into internationally acclaimed films.
Duff was the driving force behind the Books in Homes scheme, which, with commercial sponsorship and government support, aims to break the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, anger and violence among underprivileged children by providing books for them to own.
This public lecture in collaboration with the New Zealand Writers Festival and the University of Waikato will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, starting at 5.30pm. Complimentary drinks and nibbles served from 5.00pm. Free parking is available on campus via Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton.
Registeration is essential and please bring your eticket with you on the night.