Auckland Writers Festival – Lucy Mackintosh to present the 2022 Michael King Lecture

Lucy Mackintosh will present the 2022 Michael King Lecture at the upcoming Auckland Writers Festival on Saturday 27 August 2022 3.30pm-4.30pm.

Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland by Lucy Mackintosh – co-winner of the 2022 Ernest Scott Prize for History and shortlisted for the 2022 Ockham NZ Book Awards – is a landmark publication, a history of Auckland that takes as its starting point the ground, and works upwards and outwards. Via rock walls, groves of trees, archaeological sites and monuments – including the extensive Māori gardens at Ihumātao, Waikato leader Pōtatau Te Wherowhero’s house in Pukekawa (Auckland Domain), John Logan Campbell’s olive grove at Maungakiekie, and the Ah Chee family’s inner-city market gardens – we learn about the longer, more complex histories of this city and how the physical environment has shaped its development across centuries. Mackintosh, Senior Research Fellow and former Curator of History at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, reflects on identity and landscape in this year’s Michael King Lecture.

More information on the Auckland Writers Festival how to book can be found here.