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'The Green of Spring'

Date: Tuesday 23 July 2019, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free. You don't have to book. Koha from non-members appreciated.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

Dunedin novelist Paddy Richardson’s recent novel 'Through the Lonesome Dark'(Upstart Press, 2017), is set in World War I. Come and hear Paddy talk about her book and how she is going to continue work on a planned sequel during her residency at Randell Cottage.

We are delighted to welcome Dunedin novelist Paddy Richardson at the start of her Randell Cottage Residency. Paddy is the author of seven novels and two collections of short stories.

Paddy’s recent novel, 'Through the Lonesome Dark' (Upstart Press, 2017), is set in World War I, and she plans to use her Residency in Wellington to continue work on a planned sequel.

'The Green of Spring' tells the story of young mining activist Otto Bader who is arrested as an ‘enemy alien’ and incarcerated on Somes Island along with others of Austrian and German origins.

Paddy will be carrying out research in the Turnbull Library during her Residency. A Friends of the Turnbull Library event in conjunction with the Randell Cottage Writers Trust

Friends of the Turnbull website

Randell Cottage website

About the speaker

Paddy Richardson is the author of seven novels and two collections of short stories.

Two of her books 'Hunting Blind' (Penguin, 2010) and 'Swimming in the Dark' (Upstart Press, 2014) were finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel.

She was the recipient of the:

  • 1997 University of Otago Burns Fellowship
  • 2007 NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship, and
  • 2011 James Wallace Arts Trust Residency Award.

Three of her novels, 'A Year to Learn a Woman', 'Hunting Blind' and 'Traces of Red', have been translated into German.

Richardson lives and writes in Dunedin, where she also teaches courses in creative writing.

Book Council website – Paddy Richardson

Book cover picturing a man walking the street. A girl's face is superimposed as if it were floating in the sky above
Cover of 'Through the Lonesome Dark' by Paddy Richardson. (Upstart Press, 2017)