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Peter Wells was the co-founder and a long-term trustee of the Auckland Writers Festival, the driving force behind the country’s first LGBTQI Writers Festival ‘same same but different’, and an award-winning writer and film-maker in his own right. He died in February having just launched Hello Darkness, in which he shared his battle with prostate cancer firstly on Facebook and then in book form.

Peter, who was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and film in 2006, achieved much in his life and touched many.

“His fiction looked at a world of secrets, identity, subterfuge, and illusion, frequently using the lens of a gay narrator,” assesses the NZ Book Council. His characteristically eloquent and vivid recent writing included the award-winning story collection Dangerous Desires, the memoir Long Loop Home, the biography Hungry Heart of the 19th-century missionary William Colenso, and the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlisted Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pākehā History. His filmography included the groundbreaking Desperate Remedies which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival.

Join his husband Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, co-founder and close friend Stephanie Johnson, Australian writer colleague William Yang, and the Festival whānau, to celebrate his life with readings, remembrances, and a glass of bubbles.

Wed, 15 May 2019

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