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Event 40

A CONVERSATION WITH MY COUNTRY: ALAN DUFF

In 1990 the novelist, memoirist, Duffy Books-In-Home founder, and commentator Alan Duff published his seismic novel Once Were Warriors, shining a spotlight on the Māori urban underclass; his award-winning sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? was similarly pre-occupied. In Out of the Mist and the Steam he documented his childhood – including as a State ward – and in newspaper columns and Māori: The Crisis and the Challenge he has explored Māori under-performance. Now back home after years of novel writing in France, Duff brings us the non-fictional A Conversation with My Country in which he hones in on parenting, the prison, education and welfare systems, and what he perceives as a culture of entitlement. He takes stock with Paula Morris.

Supported by Platinum Patrons Peter Macky & Yuri Opeshko.

Fri, 15 May 2020

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