Browsers Bookshop and The Meteor Theatre present a Matariki-themed Literary Salon on Thursday 20th June at 7pm. Stanza 16 of this iconic event has a stellar line-up of diverse literary brilliance for your enjoyment. Relax with a free glass of wine and canapés and join us for an exchange of ideas and inspirational words!
Dr Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Ātiawa/ Taranaki) is a scholar, poet and irredentist. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, where she writes and teaches at the intersections of Indigenous, Pacific, literary and cultural studies. When she was seven she won a principal’s award for a poem about tulips; she has been trying to decolonise her writing (and decolonise herself through writing) ever since. She also writes the excellent blog Once Were Pacific, where examples of her writing can be found.
Benny Marama (Kuki Airani) is a Hamilton-based writer, director and actor. Marama wrote thursdays.child, which had a short development season at The Meteor Theatre in 2017. The play was subsequently awarded Playmarket’s 2019 Adam NZ Play Award for Best Play by a Pasifika Writer. He is currently working on his next play Artificial Gods, which is about sex work in Aotearoa. Marama will be talking about women as being ‘te whare tangata’ (the house of humanity) and how his works either encompass or are at odds with that.
Doyennes of local journalism Venetia Sherson and Denise Irvine have written Stand By Me: The Story of Te Whakaruruhau Waikato Women’s Refuge. A book about courageous women – those who survive domestic violence, and those who help them get their lives back on track. The refuge started in a one-bedroom flat in Hamilton in 1987, with Roni Albert and Ariana Simpson at the helm, and grew into a truly influential organisation. This is a story about what it takes to change attitudes and lives. Both inspiring and honest, the book gives an understanding of domestic violence and the steps that must be taken to address it.
Come along to this inspiring and interesting evening for writers and readers to meet and converse, hosted by our fabulous guest MC Dr Nicola Daly!