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Rotary Club of Wellington Author Event with Jenny Pattrick

21 June 2012

UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT DUE TO A SCHEDULING CONFLICT, THIS EVENT IS NO LONGER GOING AHEAD. The Rotary Club of Wellington apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused.

updated: Thursday 28th June


A wonderfully entertaining evening hosted by the Rotary Club of Wellington. 

MONDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER, 5.30pm, Downstage Theatre, Wellington

It will commence with a complimentary wine and cheese reception, followed by a dynamic performance by members of the Wellington Youth Circus,  and then a lively panel discussion based around Jenny Pattrick's new novel Skylark, a vivid and entertaining picture of the exciting life of New Zealand's gold miners, colonial actors and circus performers.

The panel discussion will feature best-selling author Jenny Pattrick, Downstage Director/CEO Hilary Beaton, and Director of The Wellington Circus Trust Deborah Pope. There will be an opportunity for audience discussion and book signing.

Tickets are $35, available online at www.rcwevent.org or telephone Downstage 04 801 6946.

This event is supporting the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

More about the panel:

Jenny Pattrick
Jenny Pattrick's six published novels, including The Denniston Rose, its sequel Heart of  Coal, the Whanganui novel Landings, and Inheritance, set in Samoa, have all been number one bestsellers in New Zealand. In 2009 she received the New Zealand Post Mansfield Fellowship. Jenny has long been active in the arts community and has served as President of the Crafts Council. She has chaired the Arts Council and has served on the boards of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, the New Zealand School of Dance and the New Zealand Festival of the Arts’ New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Committee.

Hilary Beaton
In the 1970’s, Hilary worked at Theatre Corporate. Her first play Sitting On a Fortune was followed by the highly successful, Outside In, which established her as a playwright, through productions in New Zealand, Australia, the US and UK. Returning to Queensland, Hilary became an active part of that state’s cultural renaissance, and a tireless champion of local artists, becoming Director of the Queensland Writer’s Centre. She established Writing Queensland magazine, and published Hot Iron, Corrugated Sky, a centennial retrospective of Queensland writing.  In 2008 Hilary moved to Wellington, becoming Director/CEO of Downstage.

Deborah Pope
Deborah Pope has worked with Britain’s premier visual, circus, opera and theatre companies. She has choreographed for film, television, opera and theatre, including Faust for the RSC and directed large scale events for The Docklands International Festival, The Guildhall, and Covent Garden. She was Head Coach at The Millenium Dome, London and created installations for The Tramway, Glasgow and Three Mill Island. Deborah was Associate Director of Circus OZ (2001-2004). Her own company No Ordinary Angels’ has performed at several International Arts Festivals, selling out the London International Mime Festival 2000. Since her return to NZ in 2006, she has created her own company Awkward Productions and is a founder member and Director of The Wellington Circus Trust.