The New Zealand Book Council is bringing celebrated Pasifika writer Selina Tusitala Marsh to the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival this May, as well as supporting the DWRF opening night Gala Showcase.
On Friday 12 May at the Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, six international and national authors will tackle the theme ‘Metamorphosis’. Each will talk about a book or author that changed them – gave them writing wings, knocked them sideways, wobbled their moral compass, swallowed them whole, or sweetly stretched them. The stellar line-up: Ian Rankin, Stella Duffy, John Lanchester, Hannah Kent, Bill Manhire and Victor Rodger, with MC Kate De Goldi.
“The Book Council’s purpose is to create thriving communities through reading” said Book Council Acting Chief Executive Kathryn Carmody. “We know people who read for pleasure are better placed to contribute to society, that reading novels boosts empathy, and that children who enjoy reading will have better social and economic outcomes.
“As Aotearoa's leading national organisation dedicated to reading and readers, we are committed not only to spreading this good news, but to supporting organisations like the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival that directly support a well-read society.”
The Book Council will also bring Pasifika poet and scholar Selina Tusitala Marsh (who performed her poem ‘Unity’ for the Queen in 2016) to this year’s festival. With her customary humour and verve, Selina will discuss the relationship between our stories, ourselves and the fate of our literature if we ignore the wisdom offered by tala tusi in her remarkable New Zealand Book Council Lecture on Saturday 13 May at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
For more details on these events, visit the Dunedin Writers and Readers festival website.