Please note that no food may be taken onto Te Marae.
The Graphic World of Dylan Horrocks
July 16, 12.15–1.15pm
Renowned comics creator and illustrator Dylan Horrocks as the Victoria University/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2018.
Writers on Mondays begins with a tour of Horrocks’ world through words and pictures, including a sneak preview of his current project, a graphic novel about playing Dungeons & Dragons.
Celebrated for his ground-breaking book Hicksville, Horrocks has also published other books including Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, and Incomplete Works.
Hicksville was ranked #12 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels of All Time.
Horrocks has also written comics for Vertigo and DC Comics. Writers on Mondays begins with a tour of Horrocks’ world through words and pictures, including a sneak preview of his current project, a graphic novel about playing Dungeons & Dragons.
From Wellington to the World: Kate Duignan and Rajorshi Chakraborti
July 23, 12.15–1.15pm
Join Damien Wilkins in a discussion with these Kate Duignan and Rajorshi Chakraborti about writing from Wellington to the world.
Kate Duignan’s new novel The New Ships is set in Wellington after the fall of the Twin Towers, and traverses London, Europe, and the Indian subcontinent.
In Rajorshi Chakraborti’s fifth novel The Man Who Would Not See a man travels from small-town India to Wellington with the apparent objective of blowing up every part of his younger brother’s life.
Winter Eyes: Harry Ricketts
July 30, 12.15–1.15pm
Harry Ricketts – a poet, editor, biographer, critic, and academic, is joined by editor and Victoria University Professor of English Jane Stafford to discuss his latest work.
Harry has published over thirty books, including the internationally acclaimed The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling (1999), How to Catch a Cricket Match (2006), and Strange Meetings: The Lives of the Poets of the Great War (2010).
His eleventh and most recent collection of poetry is Winter Eyes (2018). Winter Eyes has been described as ‘Poetry as comfort, poetry as confrontation’.
These are elegiac and bittersweet poems of friendship, of love’s stranglehold, of the streets and buildings where history played out.
Poetry Quartet: Therese Lloyd, Tayi Tibble, Chris Tse and Sam Duckor-Jones
August 6, 12.15–1.15pm
Come and hear the new wave of New Zealand poets in a reading and discussion chaired by poet and essayist Chris Price.
These poets write works of boldness with an acute eye on relationships in the modern world. Therese Lloyd’s The Facts, Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou), He’s So MASC by Chris Tse, and People from the Pit Stand Up by Sam Duckor-Jones are diverse and exciting books of poetry.
Each writer engages with language in innovative ways to explore and reimagine love, trust, intimacy, and the politics of being.
Pasture and Flock: Anna Jackson
August 13, 12.15–1.15pm
Pastoral yet gritty, intellectual and witty, sweet but with stings in their tails, the poems and sequences collected in the career-spanning new book Pasture and Flock are essential reading for both long-term and new admirers of Anna Jackson’s slanted approach to lyric poetry.
Jackson made her debut in AUP New Poets 1 before publishing six collections with Auckland University Press, most recently I, Clodia, and Other Portraits (2014). Her collection Thicket (2011) was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2012. As an academic, Jackson has had an equally extensive career authoring and editing works of literary criticism. She is joined by poet and publisher Helen Rickerby for an exploration of her career as poet, essayist and critic.
Best New Zealand Poems 2017
August 20, 12.15–1.15pm
Best New Zealand Poems is published annually by Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.
Get ready for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on 24 August by coming along to hear seven of the best read work selected for Best New Zealand Poems.
Poets Airini Beautrais, Chris Tse, Marty Smith, Liz Breslin, Greg Kan, Makyla Curtis, and Hannah Mettner are introduced by Best New Zealand Poems 2017 editor Selina Tusitala Marsh.
Visit the Best New Zealand Poems website to view the full selection.
The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke
August 27, 12.15–1.15pm
Tina Makereti is a fiction writer who has also been recognised for her non-fiction, winning the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (Non-fiction) in 2009.
She has twice won the Fiction award at the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards, first in 2011 for her short-story collection Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, and again in 2014 for her debut novel Where the Rekohu Bone Sings.
Makereti is joined by fiction writer Lawrence Patchett to discuss her new novel The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke, about an orphaned son of a chief, ardent student of English, and wide-eyed survivor who travels to London in 1846.
Feel the Heat with Gigi Fenster and Megan Dunn
September 3, 12.15–1.15pm
Feverish: A Memoir by Gigi Fenster and Megan Dunn’s Tinderbox take a punk approach to the conventions of autobiography.
In an attempt to break free from rationality and make her life a work of art, novelist, and writing teacher Fenster decides to induce a fever in herself; the resulting memoir takes in apartheid South Africa and complex family dynamics.
Dunn writes about the end of reading and her attempted rewrite of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, which is derailed while she works at failing bookseller chain Borders; the memoir has been described as ‘comic genius’.
Novelist Emily Perkins chairs this lively discussion on writing about the self, books, and heat.
The Next Page 1
September 10, 12.15–1.15pm
A wonderful opportunity to hear a fresh mix of prose and poetry by the current cohort of writers in the Master of Arts in Creative Writing Programme at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.
Alie Benge, Cassandra Barnett, Jake Brown, Caiomhe McKeogh, Glenda Lewis, Michelle Rahurahu Scott, Susanne Jungersen, James Pasley, Catherine Russ, and Max Olijnyk are introduced by Chris Price.
Short Sharp Script 1: Circa Theatre
September 17, 12.30-1.30pm
Actors perform dynamic new work by MA scriptwriting students from the IIML. This week scripts by Dana Leaming, Vincent Konrad, Laura Robinson, and Finn Shepherd are introduced by Ken Duncum.
Short Sharp Script 2: Circa Theatre
September 24, 12.30-1.30pm
More exciting work in progress from the second group of IIML scriptwriters, at Circa Theatre.
This week the spotlight falls on work from Matasila Freshwater, Dylan Conen, Julia Ludbrook, and Ralph McCubbin Howell. Introduced by Ken Duncum.
The Next Page 2
October 1, 12.15–1.15pm
Part Two of the popular Next Page sessions features readings from Andrei Seleznev, Charlotte Forrester, Sinead Overbye, Tim Grgec, Johanna Knox, Anna Rankin, Laura Southgate, Madison Hamill, Tracey Schuyt. and Rose Lu, introduced by Emily Perkins.