AU­THORS LINE UP FOR FES­TI­VAL

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“The hour is late. The candle is low. To­mor­row I will see whether it is my friends or a ship home­wards I meet. But first I must fin­ish my story for you. My fu­ture, my de­scen­dant, my mokop­una. Listen.”

So be­gins Tina Maker­iti’s re­cently pub­lished tale of James Poneke: or­phaned son of a chief; ar­dent stu­dent of English; wideeyed sur­vivor and “a liv­ing ex­hibit” who dis­cov­ers life on the streets of Victorian London. Although London is ev­ery­thing the young man most de­sires, this new world is more dark and daz­zling than he could have imag­ined.

Dame Fiona Kid­man de­scribed the novel as, “A riv­et­ing vi­sion of the world seen from the in­side out . . . a gutsy, sear­ing and to­tally ab­sorb­ing read.” Tina writes es­says, nov­els and short fic­tion and teaches creative-writ­ing at Massey Univer­sity. She co-edited Black Marks on the White Page (2017), an an­thol­ogy that cel­e­brates Ma¯ ori and Pasi­fika writ­ing. In 2016 her story Black Milk won the Com­mon­wealth Writ­ers Short Story Prize, Pa­cific re­gion. Her first novel Where the Re¯kohu Bone Sings won the 2014 Nga¯ Kupu Ora Aotearoa Ma¯ ori Book Award for Fic­tion, also won by her short story col­lec­tion, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (2010). Sarah Lang will talk to Tina about writ­ing books and whether she feels she’s an ac­tivist for Ma¯ ori and Pa­cific lit­er­a­ture. ■ Event: Tina Mak­ereti — If Not Now, Then When? Whanganui Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val Venue: Con­cert Cham­ber, War Me­mo­rial Cen­tre Date: Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 6, 11.30am12.30pm Book­ings: Royal Wan­ganui Opera House, ad­mis­sion: $15

Tina Mak­ereti — If Not Now, Then When?

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