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Fri 25 Oct, 11am
60 mins, no interval


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Chessie Henry and Miriam Lancewood reveal what drove them to write such intimate memoirs about their extraordinary lives.

Debut authors Chessie Henry (We Can Make A Life, winner of the E.H. McCormick Prize for General Non-Fiction at this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards) and international media sensation Miriam Lancewood (Woman in the Wilderness) explore living on the edge of civilisation and natural disasters, and the link between lifestyle and wellbeing.

Chaired by Kerry Sunderland.

Chessie Henry

Chessie Henry was born in 1992 and grew up in Christchurch and Kaikōura. Her personal essays have been published in The Spinoff and The Wireless, and she currently works as a content specialist for Brown Bread, an agency specialising in philanthropy and the arts. Chessie first studied writing at Massey University, and went on to gain her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. We Can Make a Life is her first book.

Miriam Lancewood

Miriam Lancewood was born in 1983 and grew up in the Netherlands. She was a competitive pole-vaulter and studied physical education before travelling in Africa and India. There she met her husband, and together they travelled for many years through Asia and Papua New Guinea before arriving in New Zealand. Deciding to give up all their worldly belongings and move to the most remote part of the country with a tent and bow and arrow, Miriam learnt how to hunt and survive in the Southern Alps and West Coast wilderness.

Photo credit: Lottie Hedley

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