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Octavia Cade, Kirsten McDougall and Clare Moleta discuss their extraordinary female protagonists living in a time of cataclysmic change.

Find out how these three authors use the climate crisis to drive the action in their stories when they set their stories in the future, with novels that span contemporary fiction to speculative fiction to science fiction.

From out in space, to somewhere that could be Australia, to Aotearoa in the near future, when the arrival of thousands of ‘wealthugee’ settlers is having disastrous consequences, all three authors have used the climate crisis to drive the action in their stories.

In The Stone Wētā and The Impossible Resurrection of Grief Octavia Cade asks, ‘How far would you go to save the world’? In Unsheltered, Clare Moleta asks, ‘How far will Li go to save her daughter?’ and in She’s a Killer, Kirsten McDougall asks, 'What happens when we refuse to face our most demanding problems?' Chaired by Rachael Craw.

Thanks to Paper Road Press, Victoria University Press and HarperCollins

Octavia Cade 

Octavia Cade is a New Zealand writer with a PhD in science communication and a particular interest in science history and marine studies. In the worlds of her novel The Stone Wētā (Paper Road Press, 2020), which is longlisted for the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards, climate science – and women climate scientists – are being erased. Cade was also the 2020 writer in residence at Massey University, where she wrote her most recent book, a novella titled The Impossible Resurrection of Grief. She has won three Sir Julius Vogel awards for speculative fiction and is a Bram Stoker nominee.

Clare Moleta 

Clare Moleta was raised on Whadjuk Noongar Country in Western Australia. Her fiction has been published in literary journals and broadcast on Radio New Zealand, and she has won awards for her travel writing. She has a Writing Diploma from RMIT University and an MA in Creative Writing from Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington. She now lives in Poneke | Wellington, Aotearoa, where she was born. Unsheltered is her first novel.

Kirsten McDougall 

She’s A Killer is Kirsten McDougall third novel. Previous novels include Tess (2017),longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards, and shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award, and TheInvisible Rider (2012). Her stories and nonfiction have appeared in Landfall, Sport and Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-fiction 2016, and her story ‘Walking Day’ won the 2021 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. She was the recipient of the 2013 Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary, and a Michael King Writers Centre residency in 2019. She lives in Wellington.

Rachael Craw 

Rachael Craw was born and raised in the beautiful garden city of Christchurch and lived there until her house was wrecked in the 2010/11 earthquakes. Now she lives in the sunny top of the South Island of New Zealand with her husband, three daughters and our odd little dog. Rachael teaches part-time at Nelson College for Girls when she's not writing young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Spark, was published by Walker Books Australia in 2014 and she has since released  three more, Stray (2015), Shield (2016) and The Rift (2018).



Sat 23 Oct | 1.30pm

60 min

$13 - $19
Eligible for 5 for $75

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