Join us for a special event in London at Foyles flagship bookshop to celebrate two giants of the Kiwi writing scene and an award-winning young music star.
Witi Ihimaera, already lauded for his novels and short stories, (The Matriarch, Tangi, Pounamu Pounamu,), secured his international reputation with the hugely successful film adaptation of his novel Whale Rider. With the recent publication of his childhood memoir Maori Boy, Witi will take us on an enthralling journey through his early years, his ancestors and through Maori history and legend more generally.
Dame Fiona Kidman, truly a grande dame of letters, Fiona arrives fresh from the Belfast Festival and the UK launch of The Infinite Air, her novelisation of the life of pioneering aviator (and fellow recipient of the French Legion of Honour) Jean Batten. The fearless Batten, who counted the first ever solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936 among her many record-breaking solo flying achievements, was also known as "the Garbo of the Skies" for her fashion awareness and reclusive nature.
And to complete the evening, make way for the prodigiously talented Jason Bae. This brilliant young South Korean-born Kiwi pianist - New Zealand’s first Steinway Young Artist - has won international acclaim, a series of awards and a dedicated following for the virtuosity and flair of his performances. The evening is hosted by New Zealand’s High Commissioner to London HE The Right Hon Sir Lockwood Smith.
Words,music and wine in one of the UK's most iconic bookshops - a perfect summer evening.