Renouf Foyer, MFC
Friday, March 9
For this Writers & Readers event it was Lloyd Jones in conversation with Australian writer Charlotte Wood. The discussion centring around Jones’ new novel, The Cage.
He was there under slight duress, a head-cold or some such, but he battled on and through it – a lively, warm, engaging speaker with a great deal of humour, just the right amount of self-deprecation and of course some genuine insight.
Wood was a terrific interviewer, conduit, chair – she was unabashedly a fan of Jones’ work but had done her research and knew how to move to conversation on to get what she wanted, never seeming too indulgent, never making it about herself or her writing.
The discussion evolved into an interesting rumination on how we treat people, on topics including immigration and asylum seeking, but also how we – New Zealanders – think of foreigners and the idea of ‘other’.
Jones read from the book after warming up and discussed the way he works but in particular the discussion was around the themes and aims of the book, its unconventional narrative and structure.
And then there was time for just a few questions from the floor before signing and next sessions.
I’d never seen Lloyd Jones speak at an event before – I thought he was excellent. Very clear, charming, funny, wise. I look forward to his new book as a result of this talk.
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