Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Summer 2012 Enews from The Michael King Writers' Centre
The Signalman's House has been
full of the delicious smell of baking bread over the past few weeks as our
latest writer in residence Whiti Hereaka carries out research for her new play.
Whiti is here for the Summer Residency to write a one-woman play about making
rewena, traditional Maori bread. The play will be set in a kitchen and the
actor will make a loaf of rewena during the show. The length of the performance
will be determined by how long it takes to cook the rewena. Whiti is using the
idea of making bread and breaking bread to explore ideas of colonisation,
hospitality and the relationship between Maori and Pakeha. While she has been
staying at the centre during her eight-week residency, she has been refining
her recipe for rewena, so the kitchen has been put to good use.
Whiti will speak about the craft of writing scripts and plays at
a free event at the Devonport Library on Thursday evening (February 23) from
7.30 pm. Organised by the Devonport Library Associates, it will be a great
opportunity to hear from this talented young Wellington dramatist, scriptwriter
and novelist, whose first book The
Graphologist's Apprentice was shortlisted for First Book in the
Commonwealth Writers Prize (Asia/Pacific region) in 2011. We hope to see you
regards Karren Beanland, Manager February 2012