Writing About War
Supported by the Ffynroc Trust :
Distinguished New Zealand military historian Christopher Pugsley and Dr Mary Paul, Massey University’s Robin Hyde scholar, join Jeremy Sherlock, publisher and former non-fiction commissioning editor at Penguin, to discuss issues related to writing about war.
Robin Hyde’s book Passport to Hell, republished this year, has been described by C. K. Stead as “probably the single most NZ History literary outcome of World War One”. Christopher Pugsley, whose research on Galipoli is regarded as seminal work on the campaign, has written extensively about the Anzac experience.
Christopher and Mary will examine the contribution made by New Zealand writers to our military history: Should military history be considered a genre in its own right? What are the specific challenges facing authors who write about military conflict? How do they present matters of historical warfare so that it resonates with modern readers? How does the military writer handle the contradictory recollections of conflict, balance the unconscious wisdom of hindsight and reconcile the perils of differing generational, even mono-cultural views of war?
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