A SAMPLE OF PRESENTATIONS


My interest in narrative has provided me with opportunities to present various aspects of my fiction and academic work at events, conferences and universities in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


New Zealand Nurses and the First World War, a talk delivered to members of the Otago University Club Inc, Mercure Leisure Lodge, Dunedin, 15 March, 2013.

Researching and Writing Historical Fiction, a public talk given at the Dorothy Brown Theatre, Arrowtown, 19 February, 2013.

A Writing Life, a talk delivered as part of the Auckland Women’s Bookshop Litera-Tea event, Raye Freeman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls College, Auckland, 4 November, 2012.

World War One Nurses’ Stories of Trauma and Transformation, a presentation delivered at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, June, 2011.

Writing under the Influence of Fiction, History and Imagination, a talk presented to members of the University of the Third Age (Invercargill), April, 2011.

Entering the Imaginary World of Fiction, a talk presented to members of the University of the Third Age (Southland), February, 2011

Digital Storytelling, a presentation co-delivered with Jane Venis at the Otago Polytechnic Staff Development Day, February, 2010.

Creating Fiction from Experience, Observation, History and Imagination, an open forum presentation at the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, October, 2010.

Integrating your Narrative Voice with your Research Project, a workshop facilitated for postgraduate students at the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, October, 2010.

First World War Nurses’ Stories, a PhD presentation at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, June 2010.

Imagination and the Art of Storytelling, a talk delivered to Cromwell book group participants at Desert Heart Vineyard, Bannockburn, New Zealand, December, 2009.

Writing Fiction, a talk given to Turangi book group members, November, 2009.

The story So Far, a PhD presentation at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, July, 2009.

Writing Historical Fiction, a talk delivered in conjunction with Penelope Todd as part of the Dunedin Public Libraries Centenary Programme, Dunedin, New Zealand, October, 2008.

My Writing: how it began, a talk delivered for the Writers in Libraries programme, Mandurah Library, Western Australia, March, 2009.

It’s Not About Me – Or Is It, a panel discussion involving Mark Sarvas, Anya Ulinich and Christine Leunens presented at the Christchurch Writers Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand, September, 2008.

Bloodlines: Do genetics dictate story, a panel discussion with Junot Diaz and Peter Ho Davies delivered at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, Auckland, New Zealand, May, 2008.

Fictionalising our Past, a talk delivered at the Books and Bubbles event for Cure Kids with Kerre Woodham at the Golden Gate Hotel, Cromwell, New Zealand, November, 2007.

Blending Historical Evidence with Narrative Imagination, a talk given at the Dorothy Brown Cinema, Arrowtown, New Zealand, October, 2007.

Imagining the Past through Historical Fiction, a presentation made to the Lake District Historical Society after their annual function at the Plaza Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand, October, 2007.

Literary Debutants, a panel discussion with Jackie Ballantyne and Vanda Symon delivered as part of the New Zealand Book Council Book Month event at the Dunedin Public Library, Dunedin, New Zealand, September, 2007.

Open Book by Claire Beynon, launched by Maxine at Rogan McIndoe Print Limited, Dunedin, New Zealand, October, 2007.

Using Story to Enhance Learning and Teaching Practices, a keynote address presented at the Assessment, Learning and Teaching Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, England, September, 2006.

Interactive Storytelling: A creative and reflective learning approach, a presentation delivered at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Staff Development Festival, Harrogate, England, September, 2006.

Using Story to Enhance Reflective and Creative Learning Capabilities, a workshop delivered at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, England, September, 2006.

Using Storytelling to Deepen Student Learning, a professional development session delivered at the Dunedin College of Education, Dunedin, New Zealand, June, 2005.

A Narrative History of the Arrow District Hospital, a presentation delivered at the Lakes District Historical Society’s annual function, Queenstown, New Zealand, September, 2004.

Learning about Learning through Storytelling, a plenary presentation delivered at the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Annual Conference, Heriot–Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, 26 – 29 July, 2002.

Reflective Learning through Storytelling, a workshop presented at the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Annual Conference, Heriot–Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, 26 – 29 July, 2002.

Exploring Links between Reflection, Creative Writing and Storytelling, a talk presented at Ruskin College, Oxford, England, July, 2002.

Using Storytelling as a Reflective Learning Tool, a workshop delivered at Anglia University Polytechnic, England, July, 2002.

Writing to learn – Learning to Write: Using creative writing as a professional development tool, a paper presented at the National Staff Development Conference: Re-charting our course in virtual waters, Auckland, New Zealand, October, 2000.

Stories Auditors Tell, a paper presented at the National Staff Development Conference: Transforming teaching for tomorrow’s world, Hamilton, New Zealand, October, 1999.

Using Formalised Storytelling as a Professional Development Tool, a paper presented at the Staff Educational Development Association (SEDA) and the Society for Research in Higher Education Conference (SRHEC), Research and Practice in Educational Development(s): Exploring the Links, Grantham, England, April, 1999.

Formalised Storytelling: A reflective mode of inquiry, a presentation delivered at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, England, May, 1999.

Linking Formalised Storytelling with Professional Practice, a presentation delivered at St Margaret’s University College, Edinburgh, Scotland, May, 1999.

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