Part of Aspiring Conversations
Two women writers - Selina Tusitala Marsh and Emily Writes - talk about the barriers and the opportunities for other voices in a writing tradition which has been so mightily patriarchal and European.
Selina Tusitala Marsh was New Zealand’s Poet Laureate in 2017, and a year earlier was Commonwealth Poet when she composed and performed for the Queen at Westminster Abbey. Dr Marsh is of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English and French descent and is a lecturer in the English Department at Auckland University. Last year, her debut children’s book Mophead: How Your Difference Makes a Difference was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year. Her sequel, Mophead Tu: The Queen’s Poem is a hilarious and thought-provoking take on colonial histories and one poet’s journey to bridge the divide.
Emily Writes is a writer and mother of two. Her best-selling book Rants in the Dark has been made into a play which is coming to Wānaka for the festival. She writes about the things that every parent thinks at 4 o’clock in the morning, and shot to fame after a rant on her blog received one million hits overnight. She writes regularly and edits for The Spinoff.
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