Friends of the Turnbull Library talks resume

The Friends of the Turnbull Library have resumed their public talks following the Covid 19 lockdown, with two presentations set down for the National Library in Wellington this month.


Elizabeth Kay at the book launch
Elizabeth Kay at the book launch.expand/collapse

John McCrystal, a Wellington freelance writer, presents Singing the Trail, the story of mapping Aotearoa New Zealand and the explorers who made those maps.  His talk is on Thursday 13 August at 5.30pm in the National Library on the corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets.

Elizabeth Kay is a well-known Wellington researcher and writer who began telling the story of her father, Eddie Norman, of the 25th Battalion which served in the Middle East and Italy.  Following the war Eddie Norman became an Anglican Bishop in New Zealand and was knighted Sir Edward Norman.  Reading her father’s war time letters to her mother Margaret, Elizabeth recognised a human story that needed to be told.  Her book Eddie Norman and 25 Battalion covers the journey of the 2nd NZ Division as it fought its way across Africa and through Italy. Elizabeth will give her talk at the National Library on Thursday 27 August at 5.30pm.