Writing and talking about our stories

Faculty of Arts staff and alumni again have a strong presence in the Auckland Writers Festival, Waituhi O Tāmaki, from 13-19 May.

Emeritus Professor of English C.K. Stead will be giving the University of Auckland free public lecture on Thursday 16 May.

How racism is experienced in New Zealand; the line between literary history and gossip; Māori myths retold; the place of sport in our social and cultural history, and a new opera examining the nature of grief and the power of love are a few of the many topics tackled in festival events featuring Faculty of Arts people.

Events to watch out for:

Man, Sitting in a Garden, a new opera by Emeritus Professor Witi Ihimaera and composer Kenneth Young, and performed by renowned New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill the Auckland Philharmonia on Wednesday 15 May from 6pm to 7.15pm.

Everyday Acts of Racism, the University of Auckland Festival Forum, on Wednesday 15 May from 7.30pm to 8.45pm; a nuanced panel discussion on casual and explicit racism in New Zealand, featuring former University of Auckland writer in residence Victor Rodger.

Emeritus Professor C.K. Stead will be giving the University of Auckland Free Public Lecture, History or Gossip on Thursday 16 May from 5pm to 5.45pm; Professor Stead asks the intriguing question, at what point does gossip become literary history?

Associate Professor Paula Morris, the 2018 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, joins a line up of Māori writers for a night of storytelling, interwoven with music by Kingsley Melhuish in: Pūrākau: Māori Myths Retold on Thursday 16 May from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Emeritus Professors Witi Ihimaera and Albert Wendt will feature in An Inside Peek: The Writing Life, Twelve New Zealand authors on Saturday 18 May from 11.30am to 12.30pm, talking about their daily writing routines and work practices.

Master of Creative Writing alumnae Gina Cole, Ruby Porter and Tess Redgrave will be part of Literally Lorne on Friday 17 May from 6pm to 7.30pm, a range of fun literary events taking place around Lorne Street in the central city.

Professor Jennifer Curtin, director of the Public Policy Institute, will be chairing A Sporting Nation on Saturday 18 May from 2.30pm to 3.30pm; a discussion on how sport has become so deeply ingrained in our social and cultural history, and in our stories.

Master of Creative Writing alumna Ruby Porter will be reading from her first novel Attraction in Wild Journeys on Saturday 18 May from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Ruby was the inaugural winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel in 2018.

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