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Your high five events for Tuesday 16 October

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.

On the occasion of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement, Unity Books is delighted to host the recipients of the awards for Non-fiction, Fiction and Poetry, who will read and discuss their work in a session chaired by RNZ Nine to Noon host Kathryn Ryan.  The session runs from 12.00 to 12:45pm at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street.

A box of 3.5 inch floppy disks from the Phillip Mann collection (MS-Group-0896). Photo by Kirsty Cox

How do you craft your family history research projects: do you make notes and write articles on a laptop? Use cloud storage? Save your research on a hard drive? Take digital photos? Share interesting snippets on social media? Have you got lots of older files you’ve lost control of? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, Byte Back! Managing Your Personal Digital Archive is a session for you. Flora Feltham, Digital Archivist at the Alexander Turnbull Library, will share practical advice on how to manage the digital files and media you collect or create when doing family history research. Learn the basics about the care and handling of physical media like USB sticks and CDs, as well as good practice in file naming, file organisation, back-ups, and using the cloud.  The free session runs from 12.10 to 1.00pm at the National Library, Molesworth Street.

What can you learn from the financial records of a 19th-century draper tell us about shopping habits of the women of the time? Find out in the Friends of the Turnbull Library talk, Two Yards of Serge for Mrs Pharazyn: Wellington Women go Shopping in the 1850s. Fashion and dress historian Angela Lassig will tell explain what she found in a treasure trove within the vellum bindings of the detailed business books of colonial Lambton Quay draper William Clark (1830-1902), while she was researching a book on the history of 19th-century women’s dress in New Zealand – the project for which she received a FoTL research grant. The free talk runs from 5.30 to 6.30pm at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.

The Wellington Workers’ Educational Association is holding a series of three social justice forums between now and the end of the year. Each forum will be led by activists from campaigning groups in the Wellington region who will introduce a social justice issue before leading participants in debate, discussion and other activities. At this first forum, from 6.00 to 7.30pm at St John’s in the City, Corner of Willlis and Dixon Streets activists from Peace Action Wellington will lead a discussion on Aotearoa and the Arms Trade. The session will offer participants an opportunity to take part in a short, non-violent direct action training session, although participation is not required. Plans to protest the upcoming Weapons Expo in Te Papaioea/Palmerston North on 31 October will also be discussed. Entrance is free but you will be invited to donate to the WWEA.

Australian-based New Zealander Helen Brown had a smash hit in 2010 with her memoir, Cleo, which became a New York Times best seller with two million copies sold. She is on a New Zealand tour, talking about her new book, Bono: The Amazing Story of a Rescue Cat Who Inspired a Community. It was written after her trip to New York following a brush with cancer, where she is talked into fostering   a rescue cat in need of a forever home. Helen will be in the Young Adult Area of the library on the Ground Floor of Wellington Central Library from 6:.30pm, where she will give a brief talk, followed by a reading and questions from the audience.