Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) is an award winning children’s author, a nonfiction writer, a poet and performer. He was appointed inaugural Children’s Reading Ambassador for New Zealand, Te Awhi Rito in May 2021.
Events at Word
CHOP THE MOPThursday, 11 November 6:30 pm
Join Waimakariri Libraries workshop tutor Jason Clements (AKA Doc Drumheller), who has grown out his beard and trademark long hair, in preparation to Chop the Mop at this fundraising event for the Cancer Society, with special guest poets.
CONFLUENCEFriday, 12 November 8:30 pm
Curated by Daisy Speaks, Confluence celebrates Māori and Pasifika creative connections with the musical brilliance of the Judah Band and The Byllie Jean Project alongside words from Ben Brown, Juanita Hepi, Dietrich Soakai and Tusiata Avia.
MARGARET MAHY MEMORIAL LECTURE: BEN BROWNSaturday, 13 November 12:00 pm
Ben Brown is the inaugural Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, travelling the nation to nurture young readers. But how do you combine oral storytelling traditions and reading? Ben draws on kā awhi rito, the mature leaves which support the young shoot of a harakeke plant, and his life as a poet and educator, to talk about building children’s imagination and confidence through storytelling in all its forms.