Tony Chapelle has published a book of short stories, many of them award winning, and a sequence of four novels that trace the fortunes of a family in mid-Victorian Gloucestershire, and certain of their descendants who migrate to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. The final novel in the series brings the story up to the present day. Tony worked as a teacher and lecturer in history in various Pacific Secondary Schools and Universities, but since leaving academia he has spent most of his hours free of domestic duties (he lives with his wide, daughter and two small granddaughters) to creative writing.
Discussion Panel: Opening History (with Carly Thomas, Kirsty Powel, Jill Darragh, Andi C Buchanan, and Cristina Sanders)
Monday 14 September, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Host Carly Thomas natters to New Zealand authors of historical fiction about delving into research, the value of anecdotal material as clues, contradictory facts and making decisions about how many facts to use. Each author will also read excerpts from their novels.