We hope you can join us for our True Stories Told Live evening next Wednesday!
Kicking off from 6.30 at Meow, our six storytellers will delight, inspire and entertain with their tales, delivered without notes or prompts. And all within eight minutes!
As always, we're excited to have a talented bunch of writers joining us:
Comedian and writer Eamonn has performed at the NZ International Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Fringe Festival.
His writing has appeared in Sport, The Spinoff and The Wireless and he is a contributor to Headland, an essay collection on anxiety.
His 2016 show, Dignity, had the excellent tagline: a new fragrance by Eamonn Marra that smells like you actually showered today.
Eamonn’s work ‘’I, Will Jones” was nominated for Best Solo Show in the Wellington Comedy Awards in 2017. A review in the Pantograph Punch praised his ability to balance opposing forces of joy and pain, anxiety and ease, self-awareness and earnestness.
Just 5 days ago Eamonn was on stage at the Auckland Writer’s Festival, performing his new show, Anxiety: The Comedy.
Daisy is a poet whose work is deeply rooted in her ancestry and her role as a tulafale, or orator chief.
She's currently the Southern Regional Manager at the Ministry of Youth Development, dabbles in rugby league, is a wanna-be rapper and curator of the Vaka Speaker series, which is a platform for the indigenous peoples of Oceania to share ideas, skills and experiences through storytelling.
In 2017, Daisy was crowned the NZ Slam Poet Champion and she performs and teaches spoken word poetry at schools, communities and festivals all over New Zealand and Australia. We’re thrilled to have had her join our Writers in Schools programme this year.
She says that poetry and music are tools that she intends to share, sharpen and shape the world with.
Rajorshi has published five novels and a collection of short fiction.
He was born in Calcutta, India, and now lives with his family in Wellington. His most recent novel The Man Who Would Not See was published by Penguin Random House last year, and was longlisted for the 2019 Ockham Awards.
His new novel, Let There Be Heroes, will appear with Penguin Random House in early 2020.
Gavin is one of Aotearoa most loved children’s book writers and illustrators, with a collection of national and international awards for his distinctive ink and watercolour illustrations and original stories.
Last year, his non-fiction book Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story took out the top honour at the Children and young Adult book awards, and also won the Margaret Mahy book of the Year Award.
Also last year, Gavin was awarded the Sir Kingi Ihaka Award for his contribution to Maori art and culture.
Gavin is also part of our Writers in Schools programme, and the Book Council is lucky enough to call him a board member.
Lynda is a poet, performance artist, playwright and journalist. Her one-woman play Ka Shue was the first theatrical work to focus on the experience of Chinese New Zealanders, and her poetry and plays have been published, produced and toured in national festivals and abroad, and she has been shortlisted three times for the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award.
Lynda was most recently the presenter of Radio New Zealand’s ‘Voices’ programme, and she is currently the IIML Writer in Residence at Victoria University.
Apirana is an award-winning poet, novelist, storyteller, musician and painter. The author of six collections of poetry, four short story collections, two novels and three plays, he’s kept busy travelling nationally and internationally to perform his music and poetry.
His most recent novel, Five Strings, was published in 2017 by Anahera Press.
Apirana also happens to be one of the most in-demand writers in our Writers in Schools programme, travelling the country to inspire the next generation of writers, musicians and readers.