Fast burning women
Celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
- Date: Friday, 31 August, 2018
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Free. No booking is required.
Heartland Chamber, The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch
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Selina Tusitala Marsh is this country’s first woman of colour Poet Laureate and as Commonwealth Poet she performed for the Queen and recently welcomed Barack Obama to New Zealand. She is also an associate professor at Auckland University, juggling international festivals and academic conferences with her busy family life – and marathon-racing.
So many women share this kind of extremely demanding existence, as we try to do everything and do it excellently. Guest programmer Tusiata Avia, sister poet and friend from the frontlines, talks to Selina about her life, her poetry and how women, under pressure, may burn bright but not out.
About the speakers
Selina Tusitala Marsh is a widely celebrated and critically acclaimed Pasifika poet-scholar. She is New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2017–19 and was Commonwealth Poet in 2016.
Tusiata Avia award-winning poet, performer and writer, travelled the world with the solo show based on her first book, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. It is now also a play for six women. Her third book, Fale Aitu/Spirit House, was a 2017 Ockham poetry award finalist.