Damien Wilkins to read in Carterton

Damien Wilkins
Head of International Institute of Modern Letters (Victoria University) to read in Carterton

Sunday 1st October 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Carterton Events Centre Holloway Street

Entry by Koha

Damien Wilkins, a prolific and very successful writer, is the guest at Wairarapa Word’s event at the Carterton Events Centre on Sunday 1st October, starting at 3pm.

In addition to his writing, Damien is also the Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington.

Damien emerged in the 1980s as one of the top new writers in New Zealand and he has continued to produce books that dazzle.

The Miserables won the 1994 New Zealand Book Award for Fiction, now known as the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Of his his book The Fainter (Victoria University Press, 2006), the story of Luke, a young diplomat on his first overseas posting in New York, Nelson Wattie in the Dominion Post said, ‘Nobody interested in local literature should fail to read this book. Neither should anyone who simply enjoys a beautifully crafted work of fiction.’

The Fainter appeared on the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Shortlist as one of the Best Books in the South East Asia and South Pacific region.

More recently Wilkins’ novel Max Gate was published by Victoria University Press in 2013. It was a finalist in the Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014.

In 2013 Damien was awarded an Arts Foundation Laureate Award.

He launched his most recent novel Dad Art (Victoria University Press, 2016) during Writers Week in Wellington. It was longlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

In addition to his undoubtedly excellent credentials, Damien is a great reader of his work and he is someone who has an intimate knowledge of the New Zealand writing scene. Definitely not to be missed.

The event is open to everyone. Entry is by koha.

Wairarapa Word is supported by Carterton Creative Communities and Almo’s Books