1:30PM Monday, 28 October, 2019 NZST  at  Granary Festival Café, Founders Park, Nelson
Nelson Arts Festival presents WEST ISLAND

Five notable 20th century New Zealanders who made their lives in Australia are the subject of this fascinating biographical investigation by award-winning author Stephanie Johnson.

Stephanie Johnson restores these striking New Zealanders - Roland Wakelin, Dulcie Deamer, Jean Devanny, Douglas Stewart and Eric Baume - to our national narrative, using their life stories to illuminate the complex relationship between the two nations. As a writer with strong connections to both countries, Johnson draws on her own experiences of life on both sides of 'the ditch' in her reflections on the trans-Tasman diaspora and the cultural divide that sets apart the two countries. Chaired by Australian expatriate Kerry Sunderland.

Books will be on sale at the Page & Blackmore Festival Bookstore