Becky Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu) is a reporter for The News in Westport and was a finalist in the Voyager Media Awards for one of a powerful series of essays she wrote for Newsroom and The Spinoff. Becky’s first novel, Auē, won the 2020 Jann Medlicott Acorn prize for Fiction and MitoQ Best First Book of Fiction. Her short story ‘Abalone’ was longlisted for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and an essay ‘Mother’s Day’ was selected for the Landfall anthology Strong Words.
Events at Word
WORD GALA: BRAVE WORLDSFriday, 30 October 7:45 pm
We open the weekend with a glittering event, with five of the festival's distinguished writers responding to the theme of courage. With Witi Ihimaera, Laura Jean McKay, Becky Manawatu, Elizabeth Knox and Behrouz Boochani, hosted by John Campbell.
BECKY MANAWATU: AUĒSaturday, 31 October 3:00 pm
Recent Acorn Foundation Prize winner Becky Manawatu discusses her powerful novel Auē with Emma Espiner.