One of Aotearoa’s most treasured writers talks about his life and works with Bryony Shackell.
Witi Ihimaera was born in Gisborne in 1944 and began his career as a writer in 1970. His books Pounamu Pounamu (1972) and Tangi (1973) were the first collection of short stories and novel to be published by a Maori writer. Ihimaera has subsequently become one of the world’s most important indigenous writers with highly regarded novels and fiction collections to his credit like The Matriarch (1986) The Whale Rider (1987) and Bulibasha (1995).
His two memoirs Maori Boy (2015) and Native Son (2019) will soon be joined by a third. His next book, Navigating the Stars, comes out this year. Ihimaera is also an editor of 19 books of New Zealand and Maori culture art and fiction.
Queenstown Writers Festival
5 – 8 November 2020
Celebrating words, literature and reading in the Queenstown Lakes