20 AUGUST 6:30-8:00PM


Come along and hear our panellists Rosetta Allan,Stevan Eldred-Grigg and Kirsten McKenzie in conversation with chair Maebh Long. This event is supported by Poppies Bookshop with books for sale and signing. 

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Rosetta completed the Masters of Creative Writing at The University of Auckland with First Class Honours in 2017, and was awarded a Sir James Wallace Masters of Creative Writing Scholarship. Her bestseller debut novel Purgatory was published in (2014). Rosetta was recently the first New Zealand writer in residence at the St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia. Her second novel, The Unreliable People, was released in May (2019) by Penguin Books. Currently, she is the Creative Z/University of Waikato Writer in Residence.

Rosetta loves walking on the beach with her dog, adores hats and loves baking beautiful cakes for special occasions, but you'll have to come and hear her speak to find out more secrets.



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Stevan Eldred-Grigg is one of the most controversial novelists and historians in New Zealand.

Bangs, his latest novel, takes the reader back into the big blowsy family at the centre of Oracles and Miracles and its companion novels Mum and The Shining City. 

Oracles and Miracles, a runaway bestseller, became the first major novel by a living New Zealand writer to be published in China. Shanghai Boy, published in 2006, explores a tortuous love affair between a New Zealander and a young Chinese man in the immense city of Shanghai. Other novels include The Siren Celia, Gardens of Fire, Blue Blood and Kaput!

Stevan Eldred-Grigg is known for his history books, too. The Great Wrong War, published in 2010, probes social life in New Zealand during the murderous years of the First World War. 




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A full-time author, Kirsten McKenzie is a former customs officer and antiques dealer, who has also dabbled in film and television, which lends a cinematic quality to her stories.
Her historical time-slip trilogy - The Old Curiosity Shop Series (Fifteen Postcards, The Last Letter and Telegram Home) has been described as "Antiques Roadshow gone viral".
Kirsten has also written two bestselling horror novels - a gothic horror novel Painted (2017), and a medical horror novel Doctor Perry (2018). Kirsten lives with her husband, her daughters, two rescue cats, and can usually be found procrastinating on Twitter.




Maebh Long is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her areas of research interest include modernist and contemporary literature and culture in Ireland, Britain, and Oceania, as well as literary theory and continental philosophy. She has published widely on Brian O’Nolan/Flann O’Brien and is the author of Assembling Flann O’Brien (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), as well as the editor of The Collected Letters of Flann O’Brien (Texas: Dalkey Archive Press, 2018).  She is also a co-investigator of the Oceanic Modernism project, which links modernist studies and post-1960s independence and Indigenous rights literature from the Pacific. New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific, which she co-edited, is forthcoming from Routledge in 2019.


        MAEBH LONG

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