- Thu 26 Apr 2018
- Todd Energy Learning Centre
- General entry $15
- Gallery Friends $10
- Students with ID free entry
- Book copies available for purchase and signing
We welcome Megan Dunn who writes about mermaids and contemporary New Zealand art.
At this Monica Brewster Evening Megan will share stories from her long-standing work as an arts writer and her recently published book Tinderbox about the end of bookselling.
'Megan Dunn is a comic genius,' Susanna Andrew, Metro, 2018.
Megan Dunn was once a video artist, until she decided to become a writer. She graduated from Elam with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and was co-director of the artist run space Fiat Lux from 1997-2000, showing artists like Yvonne Todd, Peter Madden and Andrew McLeod. She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, graduating with distinction in 2006. Her art writing – reviews, interviews and essays appear in numerous publications including: Art News, Eyecontact, Art Asia Pacific and The New Zealand Listener. Her first book Tinderbox was published by Galley Beggar Press last year and is a hybrid work of non-fiction that is a whole lotta fun.
‘Megan Dunn was in a hole. Her attempt to write a fictional tribute to Fahrenheit 451 wasn't going well. Borders, the bookseller she worked for was going bust. Her marriage was failing. Her prospects were narrowing. The world wasn’t quite against her – but it wasn’t exactly helping either.
Riffing on Ray Bradbury's classic novel about the end of reading, Tinderbox is one of the most interesting books in decades about literary culture and its place in the world. More than that, it's about how every one of us fits into that bigger picture – and the struggle to make sense of life in the twenty-first century.
Ironically enough for a book about failures in art, Tinderbox is a fantastic achievement; a wonderfully crafted work of non-fiction that is by turns brilliantly funny and achingly sad. … It will also help ensure that you will never ever again be rude to anyone working in retail.’ – goodreads