2019 Rona Bailey lecture: Dean Parker – Two Tickets to Barbarism

In the 2019 Rona Bailey lecture held at the National Library of New Zealand, Dean Parker talked about growing up in Napier, what he learnt in London from Trotskyists and Irish republicans, joining the Socialist Unity Party back in New Zealand, the formation of the NZ Writers’ Guild and its affiliation to the Federation of Labour, and the politics of writing and the writing of politics.

The full text of the talk is available here.

Dean Parker is a New Zealand screenwriter, playwright, journalist and political commentator based in Auckland. Dean has worked as a writer for much of his life and been prominent in his union, the NZ Writer’s Guild.

His plays include ‘The Man That Lovelock Couldn’t Beat’, ‘Baghdad, Baby!’ and an adaptation of Nicky Hager’s expose ‘The Hollow Men’. Amongst his screenwork, he has won awards in New Zealand for tele-play ‘Share the Dream’ (starring Joel Tobeck), and co-writing successful big-screen comedy Came a ‘Hot Friday’, adapted from the novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson.

Parker also wrote Federation of Labour play ‘The Feds’ (with Rena Owen as Jock Barnes) and co-directed the documentary ‘Shattered Dreams’, alongside journalist Francis Wevers. The film examined industrial conflict in New Zealand in the years before the 1951 waterfront lockout.

‘Johnson’, Dean Parker’s first novel, was published in 2017. In this book Parker imagines the future of the protagonist of John Mulgan’s classic novel ‘Man Alone’. In October 2013 Parker was presented with a prestigious Laureate Award from the Arts Foundation.

Text on an orange background. The Labour History Project presents the 2019 Rona Bailey memorial Lecture. Dean Parker: Two Tickets to Barbarism 17 October 5.30pm The Auditorium National Library of New Zealand. Molesworth Street, Wellington, Koha entry, Refreshments provided, lhp.org.nz
Rona Bailey Lecture 2019 poster LHP Dean Parker

The Rona Bailey Memorial Lecture commemorates activist Rona Bailey (1914-2005) and is held every two years by the Labour History Project.

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