Logs to blogs opens
- Date: 29 July, 2013
10am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Level 1, National Library Building, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets
- Contact Details: Email David.Colquhoun@dia.govt.nz or phone 04 474 3153.
Runs from 29 July to 28 September | 10am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday | Level one
There are so many ways of keeping a diary and so many different stories to tell. From Captain Cook’s second lieutenant to the curator’s favourite blog – a remarkable variety of diaries and diary keepers are introduced in this exhibition.
Dr Kate Hunter
Measly Scribblings and Notes-to-Self: First World War Soldiers’ and Nurses’ Diaries
Kate is Lecturer in History at Victoria University of Wellington and has been working with diaries in her research for more than 20 years. Her co-authored book Holding onto Home: New Zealanders and the First World War will be published in 2014.
Professor Tony Ballantyne
Accounting for the Day: Diary Keeping in Colonial New Zealand
Tony is Head of the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago. In his talk he will explore the range and significance of the diaries kept by settlers in colonial New Zealand, and the different ways scholars might use them.
(Refreshments from 5.30pm on the first floor; talk begins at 6pm)
Let Me Be Frank: The Art of Over-Sharing in a Web Comic
Sarah is a novelist, short-story writer and cartoonist. Since 2010 she has been updating a web comic about her life as a writer and mother, called Let Me be Frank. She will talk about how she goes about it, and the risky business of over-sharing. Her new novel The Fall of Light was published in July.
Professor Peter Holland
No Antipodean Tuscany: Settlers Learning to Manage an Unexpectedly Challenging Environment
Peter is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Otago University. His new book, Home in the Howling Wilderness: Settlers and the Environment in Southern New Zealand, makes extensive use of settler diaries and letters.
Katrina Young-Drew, Linda Forbes and Dylan Owen
It’s All about Me: Fictional Diaries in Children’s Literature
Katrina, Linda and Dylan work in the National Library’s Services to Schools. Hear about angst and laughter in the latest diary sensations, what a wombat does all day, and why Adrian Mole’s diaries were so popular in the 1980s.