Au­thor well-versed for novel re­lease

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Pon­sonby au­thor Al­bert Wendt is set to re­lease his new­est novel in verse this month, a book he has spent his en­tire ca­reer writ­ing.

Mr Wendt is renowned for his con­tri­bu­tion to New Zealand and Pa­cific lit­er­a­ture and be­gan writ­ing The Ad­ven­tures of Vela in the late 1970s.

“I started the book near the be­gin­ning of my writ­ing ca­reer and had many ad­ven­tures my­self in com­plet­ing it,” says Mr Wendt.

“It’s a vast epic that moves from well be­fore Chris­tian­ity came into the Pa- cific, to the present-day.”

The Ad­ven­tures of Vela fol­lows the jour­ney of an im­mor­tal song­maker, poet and chron­i­cler.

Vela tells his story to a mod­ern poet and the nar­ra­tor of the book, Ala­p­ati.

The Del­e­gate Assem­bly of the Mod­ern Lan­guage As­so­ci­a­tion elected Mr Wendt an hon­orary fel­low in 2007.

Mr Wendt has con­trib­uted to seven nov­els, four col­lec­tions of po­etry, four col­lec­tions of short sto­ries, a play and nu­mer­ous an­tholo­gies of New Zealand and Pa­cific lit­er­a­ture.

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