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Great Minds With Strong Views Discuss Big Ideas

Great Minds With Strong Views Discuss Big Ideas

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  • Wed 15 Nov ’17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Takapuna Library, 1 The Strand, Takapuna


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00

'The Journal of Urgent Writing 2017' – How Urgent Is Urgent?

The election is over and a new coalition government has just been formed. The issues remain and the big question is: Where to from here?

The 2017 edition of the highly regarded 'Journal of Urgent Writing' is the place to find the answers to that question. Editor Simon Wilson invited 23 of New Zealand’s best thinkers to ponder the ‘state of our nation’, and ponder they did. Their strong views about everything from climate change and social investment to race, identity, Trump, community, urbanisation, tertiary education and politics coalesce around a dream about a different, better Aotearoa.

Writing their essays before the election, they collectively expressed a zeitgeisty yearning for things to be better. Now the dust has settled, a group of them will sit down to discuss ‘what next’? Journal editor Simon Wilson (Auckland Affairs Editor, The Spinoff) moderates what promises to be a lively discourse in the company of Auckland-based contributors Gilbert Wong (award-winning journalist), Tim Watkin (RNZ executive producer and blogger) and Maria Masja (essayist). Join them for a thought-provoking encounter as they tackle issues that matter to every New Zealander.

'The Journal of Urgent Writing 2017' will be available for sale; RRP: $39.99. Refreshments will be served on arrival.

This event is proudly brought to you by the North Shore Libraries Foundation (NSLF), Massey University Press and The Friends of Takapuna Library. Ticket sales support the work of the NSLF, which funds numerous projects across the North Shore Libraries network.

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