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Roger Horrocks - Re-inventing New Zealand

Roger Horrocks - Re-inventing New Zealand

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  • Wed 1 Jun ’16, 12:00pm – 12:45pm


Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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Unity Books Wellington and Atuanui Press warmly welcome you to a lunchtime event with Roger Horrocks author of Re-Inventing New Zealand: Essays on the arts and the media.

Come and hear author Roger Horrocks discuss the invention and re-invention of New Zealand culture, and the role played by literature, painting, music, film, and television. Book signings available.

With its unusual breadth and depth, this book is the harvest of a lifetime of thinking about the arts and media in New Zealand by someone with ‘a knowledge’ (says Murray Edmond) ‘that combines industry practice with academic insight in a way that is unrivaled in New Zealand.’

The book reflects on the huge changes to our culture produced by the hippie upheaval of the 1960s, new forms of feminism, the Māori renaissance, radical styles of philosophy, economic extremism, and the digital age. Such changes have transformed our literature, visual arts, music, film, and television, and re-invented our sense of place. The book offers insights into each of those arts and each of those themes.

A personal memoir by the author sets the scene for this richly varied selection of 21 essays, from 1983 to 2016.

“These essays are seminal contributions, central to the major intellectual and cultural changes that define the New Zealand we live in today.” – Wystan Curnow.

All welcome.

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