• Let’s Go There

    Date: 9:30am – 4pm, Saturday 7 September 2019 Location: Waikanae Baptist Church, Te Moana Road, Waikanae Faculty: Rajorshi Chakraborti Cost: $86.25 including lunch To register contact: kirsten@kahini.org In recent times, I’ve been thinking a lot about various writerly limits and how to negotiate them. What are the limits that appear within different writers as we work, from within […]

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  • How to Speak Your Truth Without Being a Slave to It and the Power of What If

    Date: 10am-3pm, Saturday 24 August 2019 Location: Waikanae Baptist Church, Te Moana Road, Waikanae Faculty: Victor Rodger Cost: $86.25 including lunch To register contact: kirsten@kahini.org Sometimes it is necessary to leave the absolute truth behind in order to follow the story. Sometimes we need to let go of the reality of our experiences, to let go of what […]

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  • This Hostile Place: Carl Shuker and Lawrence Patchett

    Lawrence Patchett’s first novel The Burning River is a work of fictional futurology set in a version of New Zealand where a plastic miner who survives by alliances and trade is swept into a perilous inland journey with new companions. In Carl Shuker’s novel A Mistake, a gifted female surgeon at Wellington Hospital must make […]

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  • Flight across Worlds: Elizabeth Knox and Craig Cliff

    Elizabeth Knox’s new novel The Absolute Book is set in London, Norfolk, the Wye Valley, and Auckland, as well as in the hospitals and train stations of Purgatory. Old acts of revenge return with force, as three people are driven towards a reckoning felt in more than one world. Craig Cliff’s second novel Nailing Down […]

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  • Short Sharp Script 2: Circa Theatre

    More exciting work in progress from the second group of IIML scriptwriters, at Circa Theatre. This week the spotlight falls on work from David Mamea, Helmut Marko, Monica Pausina, Sophie Scott, and Rachael Stokes. Introduced by Ken Duncum.

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  • Short Sharp Script 1: Circa Theatre

    Actors perform dynamic new work by MA scriptwriting students from the IIML. This week scripts by Sally Bollinger, Mitchell Botting, Emily Callam, Emilie Hope, and Jonathan King are introduced by Ken Duncum.

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  • The Next Page 2

    Part 2 of the popular Next Page sessions features readings from (in order) Danyl McLauchlan, Preya Gothanayagi,  Melanie Ansell, Jane Cherry, Catarina de Peters Leitão, Tanya Ashcroft, Manon Revuelta, Dave Glynn, Louisa Buchanan, and Janey Thornton. They are introduced by Chris Price.

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  • Axiomatic: Maria Tumarkin

    Cultural historian and writer Maria Tumarkin moved from the Ukraine to Australia at age 15. Her latest book applies a freewheeling intelligence to five common axioms such as ‘time heals all wounds’, interrogating their accuracy and adequacy in the face of trauma. “Maria Tumarkin’s shape-shifting Axiomatic deploys all the resources of narrative, reportage and essay,” […]

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  • Best New Zealand Poems 2018

    Best New Zealand Poems is published annually by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Get ready for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (on 23 August) by coming along to hear nine of the best read work selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2018—and be sure to visit www.bestnewzealandpoems.org.nz to view the full […]

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  • Electric/Antarctic: Rebecca Priestley and Helen Heath

    In Are Friends Electric?, 2019 Ockham NZ Book Award for Poetry winner Helen Heath explores the merger of human beings with technology, and asks questions about the potential of a digital afterlife to assuage human desires and griefs. She talks with Royal Society Science Book Prize and the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize winner Rebecca […]

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  • Poetry Quintet

    New York poet Amy Leigh Wicks finds a new home in Kaik?ura in The Dangerous Country of Love and Marriage, and New Zealander Nikki-Lee Birdsey plumbs the fault lines between her lives in America and Aotearoa in Night As Day, while Chicago poet Steven Toussaint composed the deeply musical poems of Lay Studies in the […]

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  • The Next Page 1

    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 of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Caleb Harris, Ash Davida Jane, Elaine Webster, Cris Cucerzan, Rebecca Reilly, Geraldine Warren, Stacey Teague,  Una Cruickshank, Mikee […]

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