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New Zealand Night with Witi Ihimaera, Fiona Kidman, and Jason Bae

Tuesday 14th June 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Music Event, Chargeable Event

Join us for a special evening of words and music presented by the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts to celebrate two visiting giants of the Kiwi writing scene and a talented young musician.


Witi Ihimaera, already lauded for his novels and short stories (The Matriarch, Tangi, Pounamu Pounamu), secured his international reputation with the hugely successful film adaptation of his novel Whale Rider.  With the recent publication of his childhood memoir Maori Boy, Witi will take us on an enthralling journey through his early years, his ancestors and through Maori history and legend more generally.


Dame Fiona Kidman, truly a grande dame of letters, arrives fresh from the Belfast Festival and the UK launch of The Infinite Air, her novelisation of the life of pioneering aviator (and fellow recipient of the French Legion of Honour) Jean Batten. The fearless Batten, who counted the first ever solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936 among her many record-breaking solo flying achievements, was also known as ‘the Garbo of the Skies’ for her fashion awareness and reclusive nature.


And to complete the evening, make way for the prodigiously talented Jason Bae. This brilliant young South Korean-born NZ pianist - New Zealand’s first Steinway Young Artist -  has won international acclaim, a series of awards and a dedicated following for the virtuosity and flair of his performances.


The evening is generously hosted by New Zealand’s High Commissioner to London HE The Right Hon Sir Lockwood Smith. 


Words, music and New Zealand wine - a perfect summer evening!


Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
Tickets: £8 per ticket, including wine. Simply add the required number to the basket below.

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As a New Zealand expat of several decades it was thoroughly enjoyable to immerse myself in current NZ writing. Witi Ihimaera and Dame Fiona Kidman were witty and entertaining speakers and I have since really enjoyed "The Infinite Air". Jason Bae's playing was a delightful bonus. Many thanks Foyle's.

Margaret Stevens - 19th July 2016 Report this Review
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