Centre for the Book: Stories in the Landscape—A 40-Year Odyssey

27 October 2016 6:00pm — 8:30pm

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This public lecture at the Dunedin Public Library will be given by Neville Peat, author of numerous books about Southern New Zealand (http://www.nevillepeatsnewzealand.com/), and is part of the programme of events scheduled for the University of Otago Centre for the Book Annual Symposium: Book and Place.

Come and listen to this well-known author reflect on his sense of book and place as he describes, in words and pictures, some of New Zealand’s most remote and precious areas and landmarks, and his ideas for an autobiography that explores an array of New Zealand islands spanning 8,500 kms of latitude, from the tropical to the frozen.

Thursday night’s lecture is followed by a day of stimulating papers. Friday will consist of panels of 20-min papers, with a plenary lecture by Dr. Ingrid Horrocks of Massey University after morning tea. Ingrid is one of the editors of the forthcoming Victoria University Press title, Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as an online anthology about a particular place, Pukeahu (http://pukeahuanthology .org/).

The day will open with reflections by Professor Tony Ballantyne. The full program is available to download from Centre for the Book’s blog page.

Centre for the Book is delighted to announce that Nicky Page will be also be joining the programme. As Director to Dunedin’s City of Literature program, Nicky will have lots of thoughts about this year’s topic and will also look forward to hearing the insights of others.

Thanks to support from the Department of English and Linguistics, the Division of the Humanities, and the Centre for Research on Colonial Cultures, there will be no charge for the symposium, though participants will need to bring or buy their own lunch. A reception will be provided to conclude the evening lecture, as well as morning and afternoon tea for the following day.

Please ensure you register early to secure a place as numbers are limited due to the capacity of the venues. To register, you need to send an email providing your name as you wish it to appear on your name tag and your email address to books@otago.ac.nz. You will also need to notify the Public Library that you wish to attend the Thursday evening lecture by clicking the book now link on their website

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