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
MARGARET MAHY MEMORIAL LECTURE: BEN BROWNSunday, 29th August 1:30 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.
HE WAIATA HOU: INDIGENOUS WRITERS WĀNAKASaturday, 28th August 9:30 am
As Māori and Pasifika writers and storytellers, what do we want the future of indigenous storytelling to look like? We explore ways of telling our own stories, navigating and remaking the mainstream writing world, and the evolution of traditions and forms, with special guests including Patricia Grace, Ben Brown, Kera Sherwood O'Regan, Daisy Lavea-Timo and Eboni Waitere.
CONFLUENCEFriday, 27th August 8:00 pm
Curated by Daisy Speaks, Confluence is a celebration of the vā: a bringing together of the musical brilliance of Judah Band and The Byllie Jean Project with words from Ben Brown, Karlo Mila, Juanita Hepi, Dietrich Soakai, Hana Pera Aoake, Ruby Solly and Tusiata Avia.