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Please note: the conference is in BUILDING 2 on the UC Bruce campus. 
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DAILY FORECAST (care of Describing Things in Canberra):  

Wednesday Canberra weather: regardless of any thing Neil Finn may have said, you don’t really have your own personal weather bubble. You can easily test this by travelling from the Woden Valley to the northside on foggy morning. Or getting on a plane in December and flying to Helsinki.

So those of you who are in Canberra today will probably experience much the same weather as each other. Warm to hot and slighty sticky. The weather equivalent of spilling cocoa on your new trousers.

Chemical interventions such as deodorant, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and anti-histamines are strongly indicated. Consider long before you commit to opaque tights, however hairy your legs are. Once the sun is over the yard arm, applications of gin and tonic may be beneficial.



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Thom Conroy

Massey University
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing
New Zealand

Thom Conroy teaches Creative Writing at Massey University. The Salted Air, his second novel, was published in 2016 (Penguin-Random House). The Naturalist, a historical novel featuring the German scientist Ernst Dieffenbach’s 1839 visit to New Zealand, was published in 2014 (Penguin-Random House). His short fiction has appeared in a variety of journals in the United States and New Zealand, including New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, Agni, Sport, Landfall, and Colorado Review. His short story ‘The Evening’s Peace’ was noted in Best American Short Stories 2011 as a ‘Distinguished Story of 2010’. In 2017, Thom will be editing an anthology of personal essays from New Zealand writers entitled Home (Massey University Press).

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Tuesday, November 29