Writing lives: Lynn Jenner, Chris Price and Deidra Sullivan in conversation with Christina Barton

Saturday, 17 November at 2pm

Deidra Sullivan, co-curator of Still looking: Peter McLeavey and the last photograph, joins writers Lynn Jenner and Chris Price, and Adam Art Gallery director Christina Barton, to explore different approaches across disciplines and genres to the writing of biography.

Lynn Jenner's most recent project is Peat, a book of essays about poet and cultural philanthropist Charles Brasch. One of the essays examines the collecting habits of Charles Brasch's grandfather, Willi Fels, and the influence of this on Brasch's literary and philanthropic activities, such as the founding of Landfall and his support for the Hocken Library.

Chris Price is Senior Lecturer at the International Institute of Modern Letters. She is the author of the genre-bending 'biographical dictionary' Brief Lives, and is currently working on a book that goes in search of a lost 19th-century Romantic poet, in part via the connected activities of portraiture and biography.

Deidra Sullivan has spent over a year cataloguing Peter McLeavey's photographs and delving into his archive to form a picture of the man through his collecting habits.

Christina Barton is working on a monograph on the conceptual artist Billy Apple.


  • Sat 17 Nov


  • 2:00 pm

Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi

  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
  • Wellington 6012