Writers turn the page this Matariki at Museum of Wellington City

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Thursday 11 June

Writers turn the page this Matariki


A literary celebration of Matariki will take place at Museum of Wellington City and Sea’s Third Thursday event on 18 June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

Kiwi authors Patricia Grace, Chris Tse, Kate Camp and John Summers will read from their published works and discuss their stories, poetry and thoughts on Matariki with award-winning writer and Museums Wellington Curator Māori, Tina Makereti.

“Matariki is a time of reflection and acknowledgement, when we mourn those who have passed away, farewell the year and plan for the year to come,” says Makereti. “It’s an opportunity to think about our history, and understand how it guides us in our potential futures. This will provide the starting point for what promises to be a lively discussion with these great writers.”

Patricia Grace’s new book Chappy tells of a young Māori man sent home to New Zealand from a privileged youth in Europe. Here, he learns of his family, and most importantly of the love affair between his Māori Grandmother and deceased Japanese Grandfather.

Chris Tse’s anthology How To Be Dead In a Year of Snakes brings life to one of New Zealand’s notorious hate crimes, when on a Sunday in 1905 Lionel Terry killed the Chinese gold miner Joe Kum Yung on Haining Street, Wellington.

Snow White’s Coffin is a collection of poetry by Kate Camp, a book that was finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards. A skilled poet, Kate wrote Snow White’s Coffin while on her Creative New Zealand Berlin residency.

John Summers will be reading from his first book The Mermaid Boy – an appealing book of true short stories telling of his travels from Christchurch to China, spanning from the outlandish to the ordinary, and of his friendship with “a boy who dressed as a woman who was also a fish”.

After the readings and discussion, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions, get books signed and create their own handmade booklet of readings to take home.

Third Thursday is a monthly late-night event at Museum of Wellington City and Sea, showcasing the performers, people and stories which make our region unique. Entry to these events is by koha.

For further information on these events or high res photos, please contact Museums Wellington Communications Coordinator, Juliet Thomas.


04 471 0514| juliet.thomas@wmt.org.nz

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