Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland books are a proto-fantasy classic. This is just a reminder that the Wonderland Exhibition at Te Papa is currently running. The exhibition finishes on Sunday March 8.
This is from the advertising material…
Curiouser and curiouser! This summer, come with Alice on an adventure in Wonderland – an interactive exhibition that celebrates Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories. Where will the Hallway of Doors lead you?
Explore Alice’s journey from book to screen, through original picture books, magic lanterns, and more than 40 films and 30 television programmes. Then join an immersive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that comes alive with digital wizardry.
You’re bound to get lost on the way. Squeeze into a tiny house, climb a giant chair to peek into Alice’s room, and post your soldier avatar on the Queen’s croquet ground.
The closer you look, the more you’ll discover – not everything is what it seems!
A public talk on Reality vs fantasy in children’s fiction is being hosted by Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection and National Library of New Zealand. The following is the info from their FB page.
“When Eirlys Hunter finished her first Junior fiction manuscript in 1997, a publisher rejected it on the grounds that ‘children don’t want fantasy, there’s no demand for it.’ JK Rowling soon proved that publisher wrong, and since then there’s been an explosion in fiction for children that is set in worlds that diverge from the reality of their lived experience. Why is this?
In this informal talk Eirlys Hunter will discuss what fantasy is, and speculate on what fantasy can offer readers (and writers) that realism cannot.
About the speaker:
Eirlys Hunter has published seven books for children, and her most recent book The Mapmaker’s Race was a finalist in the 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. She teaches Writing for Children at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington
Where: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Tuesday, 22 October, 2019
5:30pm for drinks and nibbles, 6:00pm talk
A gold coin donation from non-members is appreciated.”
Get your geek on.
Nanogirl Labs are proud to present Nanogirl Live! “Bring on the Noise!” – a Live Science Spectacular.
Nanogirl, Boris (her trusty lab assistant), and CLAIR (Constantly Learning Artificial Intelligence Repository) are back for a brand new action-packed adventure, bringing you science and engineering as you have never seen them before. In this interactive show filled with experiments, explosions and music – Nanogirl Live! brings science and engineering to life in the coolest ways possible, right before your eyes. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer and do science on stage with Nanogirl too!
After three sellout tours, this brand new show by the internationally touring Nanogirl Live! Team, and starring Dr. Michelle Dickinson features all-new experiments, and all-new explosions – with plenty of extraordinary musical sounds to be enjoyed by the whole family.
The Ticketmaster Presale for shows in Auckland and Wellington in late November starts at 9:00am, Wednesday 24 July and ends at 8:59am, Wednesday 31 July 2019, strictly subject to availability.
The Chroma Connect 2019 Creative Symposium is taking place in Wellington on Saturday 8th June.
It isn’t strictly an SF/F/H event, but this part of the description caught our eye as being of genre interest:
Prolific international and local creators of illustration, comics, animation, videogames, concept design, mural art and more – sharing valuable past experiences, present insights, and future plans.
Learn how to create imaginary worlds, engaging narratives, immersive experiences, develop original IP, grow audiences and build sustainable creative practices.
This event is associated with the ChromaCon New Zealand Indie Arts Festival 2019. The ChromaCon event is being held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland 1-2 June. Yes we know it clashes with Geysercon – quite the dilemma for genre artists.
This is what the Quest event page says:
“If you love fantasy, come along to PhotonFlux to celebrate the launch of Quest with swordfighting, cosplay and more…
Quest has everything – heroes, monsters, chases, escapes and a complete lack of true love. It’s a celebration of fantasy adventure, and the author, A.J. Ponder (best known for Wizard’s Guide to Wellington) wanted this event to be a celebration, too.
* Swordfighting Demonstration with Tara Macintyre from the Company of the Dragons.
* Cosplay competition run by local cosplayer Eli Sirvid: with prizes for the best dressed heroes, heroines and monsters!
* Fantasy Quiz for all ages
* and more!”
When : Saturday, September 22 at 3-5pm
Where: PhotonFlux – 176 Victoria Street, Wellington
It appears that Summer Star Trek is coming back to the capital. The following announcement came through subspace…
“Auditions for the final mission of the Award Winning Summer Star Trek will be held on the 28th & 29th October at Toi Poneke. This years show is titled The Trouble with Tribles and we’re looking for a full crew to man the USS Enterprise as well as singers for our ‘Spacebabes’ (babes of all genders required!), a full team of Red Shirt ‘Engineers’ (back stage crew) and of course, DOORS!”
Check them out on their facebook page.
LitCrawl is a literary event held in Wellington with the aim of taking literature to the streets. The fourth edition of Litcrawl is to take place 10-12 November at venues all around the capital.
Of particular interest to speculative fiction fans may be event 12 – “My Mythology- Five writers offer up fragments of their own myth making. Gather around for readings that overlay the universe with fresh openings to new worlds. Featuring Lee Posna, Valerie Arvidson, Emily Perkins, Dan Rabarts, and Lee Murray.” This event is being held at Arty Bees from 7.15-8.00pm on the 10th.
You can find the full programme of events over at the event web site.