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Denise Irvine

Denise Irvine

Denise Irvine

Denise Irvine was raised on a farm in the Waikato and has been a journalist all her working life, telling the stories of her region and its people. She is a former Waikato Times features editor and writer, and in 2015 she received a City of Hamilton Civic Award for services to journalism and the community. Denise is also a marriage celebrant, she has co-authored a book on the topic, 'The Big Day', and she freelances for newspapers and magazines. Writing 'Stand by Me' the story of Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women's Refugee, with friend and fellow journalist Venetia Sherson was a privilege and pleasure. Their collaboration continues with the current book on homelessness.


SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

Co-Author Talk (with Venetia Sherson)

Saturday 12 September, 3:15pm - 5:00pm

Journalists, Denise Irvine and Venetia Sherson co-authors of the book, 'Stand by Me', share what they learned from researching and writing about domestic violence: the truths and the myths, the patterns of controlling behaviour, and the challenges faced by the generous women who work to keep other women safe. They will talk about two of the women they interviewed: One is the daughter of a woman who was killed by her partner, the other a survivor of domestic violence who later became a police officer. They may also cover how the Hamilton refuge coped during the COVID-19 lockdown.