Book Launch: 'Peat' by Lynn Jenner

18 July 2019 5:30pm

Otago University Press invites to celebrate the launch of Peat by Lynn Jenner.

When: 5.30pm, Thursday 18 July 2019
Where: University Book Shop, 378 Great King St
RSVP: by 16 July publicity@otago.ac.nz Please let us know if you are attending, it’s very helpful for catering!

Peat starts out as Lynn Jenner’s study of the Kāpiti Expressway, built between 2013 and 2017 and passing, at its nearest point, about a kilometre from her own house, deciding to create a kind of archive of the construction of this so-called Road of National Significance. Jenner, an award-winning writer and writing teacher, begins a quest to find a fellow writer with different sensibilities to help her think about the natural world the road traverses. New Zealand-born poet, editor, art collector and philanthropist Charles Brasch is her choice. Researching Brasch will be her refuge from the constant pile-driving and the sprawling concrete, and perhaps the poet will offer some ways of thinking that will help her understand contemporary events. Lynn Jenner carefully builds her unconventional text, layer upon layer, into an intelligent and beautifully refracted work that is haunting, fearless, and utterly compelling.


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