Vincent O'Sullivan

One of New Zealand's finest writers, Vincent O'Sullivan comes to the Marlborough Book Festival in the wake of releasing his latest novel, All This By Chance

His distinguished literary career has encompassed poetry, fiction, biographies, short stories and plays. He has edited several major anthologies and collections, and been involved in a number of musical collaborations.

Vincent has received numerous awards and fellowships, and was New Zealand Poet Laureate from 2013-2015. He lives in Dunedin.

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Photo by Grant Maiden

Festival sessions

The Living Room Session

2.30-4.30pm, Saturday 7 July, The Bell Tower at Dog Point Vineyard, $60 - Vincent O'Sullivan in conversation with Mike White

Join one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers for a special event at this year's festival. Vincent will speak about his life, his literary career - which began more than 50 years ago - his poetry, plays, short stories, connections with Katherine Mansfield's work, and his musical partnership with top New Zealand classical composer, Ross Harris. There will be time for relaxed discussion and mingling during this intimate extended session at The Bell Tower while enjoying Dog Point wine and canapés. 


All This By Chance

12-1pm, Sunday 8 July, Boathouse Theatre, $20 - Vincent O'Sullivan in conversation with Mike White

The first novel from Vincent O'Sullivan in 20 years, and only the third of his career. All This By Chance is a New Zealand story set around the world. The novel begins with shy Kiwi Stephen having travelled to England to practice pharmacy, where he meet Eva who has been affected by the Holocaust. What follows is a moving, multi-generational saga of a family, spread across Italy, Greece, Africa and New Zealand.