Duncan Sarkies talks to writers about craft, life, and where the two intersect. A more in-depth attempt to answer that age-old question 'where did you get your ideas?' by delving deep into their processes of inspiration, exploration, and creation. Duncan speaks with one writer each evening (Kirsten McDougall (16 March), Rose Lu (17 March) and Pip Adam (18 March)) about how their own lives wind into their work. Expect to see photos, art, and live music, played by Joe Blossom, that has inspired them. All of this over some lovingly crafted beers in a relaxed atmosphere where we hope you'll stick around after for some less formal conversations and reverie.
E kōrero ana a Duncan Sarkies mō te pūkengatanga, me te oranga o te tangata, me te tūtakitanga o ēnā mea e rua. He āhuatanga nō nāianei kua āta taurimtia e ia, e whakautua ai tēnei pātai ō nāia ō tuauki anō hoki, nō whea rā ēnā whakaaro ōu?
Duncan Sarkies | Aotearoa / New Zealand
The multi-talented Duncan Sarkies is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist and short story writer. He is best known for writing the hit black comedy Scarfies, one of New Zealand's highest grossing films. He also penned two episodes of the HBO TV series Flight of the Conchords.
As a performer, Duncan has toured several shows around New Zealand and abroad. He won the 1995 New New Zealand Play of the Year award for Saving Grace, and the 2000 Montana New Zealand Best First Book Award for his short story collection Stray Thoughts and Nose Bleeds.
Duncan's debut novel Two Little Boys (Penguin, 2008) was made into a motion picture in 2012. The Demolition of the Century is his second novel.
Kirsten McDougall | Aotearoa / New Zealand
Kirsten McDougall is the author of three novels, She’s a killer (2021), Tess (2017), longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award, and The Invisible Rider (2012). Her stories and nonfiction have appeared in Landfall, Sport and Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-fiction 2016, and her story ‘Walking Day’ won the 2021 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. She was the recipient of the 2013 Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary, and a Michael King Writers Centre residency in 2019. She lives in Wellington.
Rose Lu | Aotearoa / New Zealand
Rose Lu is a Wellington-based writer. In 2018 she gained her Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters and was awarded the Modern Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her work has been published in Sport, The Pantograph Punch, Turbine Kapohau and Mimicry. Her undergraduate degree was in mechatronics engineering, and she has worked as a software developer since 2012.
Pip Adam | Aotearoa / New Zealand
Pip Adam is the author of Nothing to See (2020), The New Animals (2017), which won the Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction, I'm Working on a Building (2013), and the short story collection Everything We Hoped For (2010), which won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction in 2011. Pip facilitates writing workshops in universities and other settings including with people affected by crime in prisons and communities. She makes the Better off Read podcast where she talks with authors about writing and reading.