Date: April 4, 2020
Time: 3pm
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre
Ticket Details: $19
Duration: 60 minutes

We know that where we live has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves.
But does it work for everyone? How can we measure this? Also what happens when our sense of place is fractured by something like an earthquake?

Philip Morrison has researched the geography of wellbeing, how it can be measured and how it can vary. Fiona Farrell and Chessie Henry have both written about places they love and how their lives were disrupted, first of all by the Christchurch earthquake and subsequently, for Chessie, by the Kaikoura quake.

The earthquake cracked into Fiona’s The Broken Book, and into her non-fiction and fiction twin works: The Villa at the Edge of the Empire, and Decline and Fall on Savage Street. Chessie’s book We Can Make a Life deals to her family life in Christchurch and Kaikoura, as well as a year in Tokelau.

Fiona received the Prime Minister’s Award for fiction in 2007 and has been a guest at writers’ festivals around the world. Chessie is a recent graduate of the Institute of Modern Letters and her book We Can Make a Life won the non-fiction prize at the 2019 Ockham Book Awards.

Philip S. Morrison is an urban geographer and Professor Emeritus at Victoria University and was the NZ Geographical Society Distinguished Geographer in 2013. He is publishing People and Place: Why Where We Live Matters.

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