Monday, June 28, 2010


Maritime Writer 

Wellingtonians come and hear a local writer with international reputation

On her website biography, Joan says “It is no secret that I did not produce my first full length book until the age of forty.”
Joan Druett is a well known writer of the “Wiki Coffin Maritime Mysteries”. Her books include “She Captains”, “Rough Medicine”, “She was a Sister Sailor”, “In the Wake of Madness” and the very well known “Islands of the Lost”. She has receivedseveral awards in America including an award for outstanding contribution to women’s history.

In 2005 Joan was appointed a consultant for an ongoing NEH-funded project with the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society, Children on Whale ships. In 2000, she was awarded a Creative New Zealand grant as well as the year long Stout Fellowship at Victoria University.
Her most recent project is the story of TUPAIA, the unacknowledged Tahitian who was essential to the success, and subsequent fame, of Cooks voyage on the Endeavour – to be released in both the United States (Praeger) and New Zealand (Random House) later this year
Come and listen to our very own “local” maritime biographer, storyteller extraordinaire, who has gone on to become an international best seller and whose fourth book about the brave seafaring wives, “Hen Frigates”, in 1998 won a place in the New York Public Library list of the twenty-five Best Books to Remember.

Monday 28 June
at Thistle Inn
starting 7.30 pm

New Zealand Society
of Authors Wellington

NZSA members $2
non-members $3

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