Tuesday, August 23, 2016

IIML Newsletter

Tēna koutou! Talofa lava!
Greetings and welcome to the 210th edition of our occasional newsletter.
1. Talanoa

The IIML, working with Victoria University’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Pasifika) Associate Professor Hon. Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, hosted a talanoa on Saturday 6 August. This brought together many leading Pasifika writers, producers and educators. One focus of the day was how the IIML might better connect with Pasifika writers and encourage more applications from emerging Pasifika talent. Albert Wendt delivered a keynote address which was followed by panel discussions around the challenges writers face and the range of opportunities they would like to see. Our warmest thanks to everyone who took part. A fuller account of this historic event can be read in the Victoria University newsletter. 
2. The Rehearsal
Alison Maclean's stylish film of Eleanor Catton's debut novel The Rehearsal (written in 2007 for her MA at the IIML) debuted at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Congratulations to the team for the prestigious Main Slate selection at the New York Film Festival. It will also be screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival, the London and the Toronto Film Festivals. And special mention to Emily Perkins for her role as co-writer. There is no truth to the rumour that the Head of the Drama School was based on anyone at the IIML.
3. Turbine│Kapohau
Our online journal has a new name and is open for submissions.
Many thanks to Karena Kelly from Te Kawa a Maui for her advice with the reo. Karena explains: 'Kapohau is the Māori term for the action of a wind turbine, comprised of 'kapo' (to catch/capture) and 'hau' which typically means wind in the turbine context. However, 'hau' is also used in other contexts to mean the vitality or vital essence of a person, place or object. It seems to me that this ambiguity makes for an apt play on words and a beautiful fit for your journal.'
The deadline for submissions is 28 October, and the submission guidelines are on the Turbine│Kapohau website.

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