Sumptuous, Sparkling and Witty: On Writing Fiction and The March of the Foxgloves
Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm
Karyn Hay is an iconic Kiwi media personality, known by a generation of New Zealanders for hosting the ground-breaking television music show Radio With Pictures.
Karyn is also an acclaimed novelist, a Frank Sargeson fellow (in 2004) and a literary advisor to the Frank Sargeson Trust.
She has worked as a copywriter, frontperson, radio announcer, newspaper columnist, producer and director, and as general manager for KiwiFM radio station. She was also the first Chair of Women In Film and Television NZ.
Join Karyn for an evening of insights into fiction writing, art and non-conformity, as she discusses and reads from her latest best-selling novel, The March of The Foxgloves.
Described as ‘a sumptuous delight for readers’, The March of The Foxgloves is ‘a tale of triumph over obsession and humiliation’. Having escaped the puritanical restrictions and cruelties of late 19th Century London, Frances Woodward escapes to New Zealand where she quickly falls in with the literary and social reformers of the time.
“The March of the Foxgloves is brilliantly evocative of the place and time, with sparkling dialogue and memorable characters, from photographer Frances and her risque friend Dolly to various males who range from stuffy to dissolute. And because this is by Karyn Hay, it is beautifully written, thoroughly entertaining and often very funny.” – Stephen Stratford (author and editor).
Karyn’s first book Emerald Budgies (2001, Vintage/Random House) won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
Her latest novel The March Of The Foxgloves (Esom House Press) was published in December 2016 to critical acclaim, and reached number one on the New Zealand Fiction bestseller list. It is the first book in a trilogy.