‘Occasional Worlds’ is a novel exploring a fictionalised version of New Zealand’s past. The narrative forms a ‘spiritual whakapapa’ working from the present day backwards to the first citing of New Zealand by Abel Tasman in December 1642. Based in small town New Zealand, it employs historical and fictional narrative devises to create a complex interweaving of ideas and events. I have received mentorships from Helen Humphries (Canada) and Chris Else (New Zealand) to assist in its creation. It is in its final editing stages.
- Wensley, D and King, M; ‘Scientific Responsibility in Genetic Research for Polymorphisms: Lessons from the “Warrior Gene” Controversy’ Journal of Medical Ethics (2008) 34; pp 507-509.
- Henaghan, M and Wensley, D; ‘Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: A Discussion of Regulatory Mechanisms of Control from a New Zealand Perspective’ Journal of International Biotechnology Law (2005) 2:2, pp 45- 53.
- Wensley, D; ‘Being Human: the Science and Philosophy of Cloning’ Bulletin of Medical Ethics (1999) 148, pp 13-16.
Commissioned Publications / Reports
- Wensley, D; ‘The Eugenic Implications of Reproductive Technology: Examining Regulatory Mechanisms of Control’ in To Be or Not to Be: Reproductive Decisions and their Implications for Parents, Practitioners, Vulnerable Groups and Policy Makers [Biomedical Ethics Briefing No 1] (The Wellcome Trust, London; July 2007)
- Wensley, D; ‘Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Providing New Ethical Challenges?’ in Choosing Genes for Future Children: Regulating Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (Human Genome Research Project, 2006) pp 161- 172.
- Wensley D; Acceptable Limits of Reproductive Genetics: A Discussion of Ethical Principles and Regulatory Mechanisms of Control (July 2004) [360 pp]
Chapters in Books
- Wensley, D; ‘Genetic Research on Stored Tissue Samples: An Examination on the Ethics and Policy Surrounding Future Use’ Genes, Society and the Future Vol III (2009)
- Wensley, D; ‘Researching Human Genetic Variation: An Examination of the Ethics of Genetic Research’ in Genes, Society and the Future (Otago University Press, 2007)
- Beutow P & Wensley, D; ‘The Provisions of the Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Act 1992’ New Zealand Law Society Legal Practice Manual (1996) 4th ed.
Opinion Pieces / Columns (selected)
- Deleting the Offensive Parts: The Art of Self-Censorship, The New Zealand Author Winter 2016
- Shakespeare, Censorship and Controversy: The New Reality, The New Zealand Author Autumn 2016
- Sex and Censorship: Navigating Freedom of Speech after Into the River, The New Zealand Author, Summer 2015
- Courage Day: Standing Up For Free Speech Nelson Mail Opinion 13 November 2015
- Writers Killed Makes Chilling Read Otago Daily Times Opinion 11 November 2015
- 'What is Worse- the Ban or the Book?' New Zealand Herald Opinion 8 September 2015
- 'Freedom of Speech and Linguistic Diversity: A New Zealand Perspective' The New Zealand Author Spring 2015
- ‘From Charlie Hebdo to Courage’: The New Zealand Author Autumn 2015
- ‘Freedom of Speech after Charlie Hebdo: Rethinking the Line Between Sadism and Satire’: The New Zealand Author Winter 2015
- ‘Poppies, Poets, and Anzac Cove’: Nelson Mail 24 April 2015
- ‘30th Anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior Sinking’ Nelson Mail 9 July 2015
- ‘Canada Reads Got it Wrong in Eliminating “Indian Horse”’ Guelph Mercury 29 February 2013
- ‘Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is a Literary TIFF’ Guelph Mercury 13 September 2012
- ‘Naughty Mayors? They’re Everywhere’ New Zealand Herald Opinion 25 October 2013
- ‘Why Gross Happiness Beats Gross National Product’New Zealand Herald Opinion 20 March 2014
- ‘Let’s Not Keep Our Kids in the Dark about the Bible’ New Zealand Herald Opinion 14 Feb 2014
- ‘Canada Day Should be a Day of Unity’ Guelph Mercury 28 June 2012
- ‘Hunger Strike Finally Attracts Media Attention’ Winnipeg Free Press 27 December 2012
- ‘His Image as a Former Drug User Should Displease Obama’ Guelph Mercury 24 June 2012
- 'New Zealand Quake Still Registers a Year Later’ Guelph Mercury 22 February 2012
- Citizenship Includes Tolerance for Critters’ Guelph Mercury 11 June 2012
- ‘Conspiracy Theory Era Born the Day Kennedy Died’ New Zealand Herald 22 November 2013
- ‘There’s a lot of confusion about Bill C-45 and the Idle No More protest movement’ 9 January 2013.
- ‘Seeking Fairness in First Nations Negotiations’ Guelph Mercury 27 December 2012- ‘The Christmas Story Spills with ‘Page-turner’ Elements’ Guelph Mercury 17 Dec, 2012
- ‘Simple Measures Build Bridges Between Cultures’ Guelph Mercury 26 January 2012
- ‘Pondering the Economics and Calculations of Happiness’ Guelph Mercury 30 March 2013
- ‘Brown’s Novel “The Da Vinci Code” Out of Step with Science’ (a commentary on the portrayal of disability and genetics in the popular press) Otago Daily Times Opinion 22 June 2006
- ‘Gene-typing Divides Society’ NZ Herald Opinion 14 August 2006
- ‘ Warrior Gene Discovery Open to Prejudice’ Otago Daily Times Opinion 17 August 2006
- Submission to Film and Literature Board of Review: Into the River September 2015
- Submission to the National Ethics Committee on Assisted Human Reproduction - ‘Guidelines for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in New Zealand’ December 2004
Presentations At Literary Events
- ‘Shallow Water Diving’: Eden Mills Literary Fringe Festival, Canada 2011
- ‘Freedom of Speech After Charlie Hebdo: The Line Between Sadism and Satire’: Writers in Lunchtime, Nelson, June 2015.
Policy Conference Presentations
- 'Researching Behavioural Genetics: An Examination of the “Warrior Gene” Controversy'; Plenary Presentation Dunedin Law Society Annual Conference (21 July 2007; Dunedin, New Zealand)
- 'Researching Polymorphisms in Indigenous Populations: Developing New Guidelines Encouraging Greater Scientific Responsibility in Research Design and the Dissemination of Results'; Ethics Matters: 18th Canadian Bioethics Society. Conference hosted by the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto (30th May – 1st June 2007; Toronto, Canada)
- 'Changing Morality / Changing Lives: The Role of Eugenics in Discussions about the Acceptable uses of Genetic Technology'; Technology in Health Care: Fascination and Fragility. Conference hosted by the Bioethics Programmes, University of Montreal (28th- 29th September 2006; Montreal, Canada)
- 'Examining the Link Between Eugenics and Genetics'; Bioethics Seminar Series (22 September 2002; Dunedin, New Zealand)
- 'Reproductive Autonomy and the Right to Choose Genetic Characteristics'; New Zealand Bioethics Conference: Making People Better. Conference hosted by the Bioethics Centre, University of Otago (10-12 February 2006; Dunedin, New Zealand)