Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s most prominent and celebrated Māori fiction authors and a figurehead of modern New Zealand literature. Her works include numerous award-winning novels, short stories, picture books, and her recently released memoir, From the Centre.
Events at Word
PATRICIA GRACE: FROM THE CENTRESunday, 29th August 10:30 am
Patricia Grace has published seven novels and seven short story collections, raised seven children, won landmark literary prizes and land rights cases, and been invited to share her work worldwide. Finally, she has written a memoir covering all of this and more. Patricia joins Paula Morris for a candid conversation about her extraordinary life.
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.
WORD GALA: THIS PLACE YOU RETURN TO IS HOMEFriday, 27th August 8:00 pm
Five of our festival stars tell us about their place to return to, their tūrangawaewae, and what home means to them. A night of new and original storytelling not to be missed with Patricia Grace, Rick Gekoski, Sue Kedgley, Tayi Tibble and Kate Camp, hosted by Michèle A'Court.