West Island podcast

Kerry Sunderland chats to author Stephanie Johnson about the five notable 20th century New Zealanders who made their lives in Australia and became the subject of her fascinating biographical investigation, West Island . In doing so, Stephanie Johnson restores these striking New Zealanders – Roland Wakelin, Dulcie Deamer, Jean Devanny, Douglas Stewart and Eric Baume – to our national narrative, using their life stories to illuminate the complex relationship between the two nations. As a writer with strong connections to both countries, Johnson draws on her own experiences of life on both sides of ‘the ditch’ in her reflections on the trans-Tasman diaspora and the cultural divide that sets apart the two countries.