• Meet Tessa Duder and hear the story of how James Cook charted the first map of Aotearoa New Zealand

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Meet Tessa Duder and hear the story of how James Cook charted the first map of Aotearoa New Zealand

September 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet Tessa Duder and hear the story of how James Cook charted the first map of Aotearoa New Zealand

First Map: How James Cook Charted Aotearoa New Zealand tells the human story behind the creation of Cook’s famous chart, following the progress of his six-month circumnavigation of New Zealand and piecing the map together as the narrative on H.M.B. Endeavour unfolds.

First Map author Tessa Duder has been long fascinated by James Cook’s iconic ‘New Zeland’ chart, and the challenges he overcame to create it. With some experience of sailing on a modern square-rigger, she set out to write a straightforward account of Lieutenant James Cook’s circumnavigation over the summer of 1769-70.

Tickets $5, available at Muirs Bookshop and Tairāwhiti Museum

Tessa Duder trained as a journalist and raised four daughters before publishing her first novel in her late thirties. Some fifty books have followed, for both adult and young readers: novels (notably the best-selling Alex quartet), short story collections, non-fiction, biographies, anthologies and plays. Her writing shows her deep love of the sea – in 2013 she crossed the Tasman Sea under sail on the tall ship Spirit of New Zealand – and a life-long interest in early New Zealand history. Her awards have included multiple children’s book prizes, the University of Waikato writers’ residency, the Katherine Mansfield fellowship to Menton, France, an Artists to Antarctica fellowship, the OBE and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato. She lives in the sea-girt city of Auckland. www.tessaduder.co.nz

 

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September 19
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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Tairāwhiti Museum
10 Stout Street
Gisborne, Gisborne 4010 New Zealand
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Phone:
06-867 3832

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