Paula Morris MNZM (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Whatua) is the author of the collections Forbidden Cities (2008) and False River (2017); the essay On Coming Home (2015); and seven novels, including Rangatira (2011), winner of best work of fiction at both the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards, and four YA supernatural mysteries. She teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland and is the founder of the Academy of New Zealand Literature (www.anzliterature.com). Her collaboration with photographer Haru Sameshima, Shining Land, explores the life of writer Robin Hyde (forthcoming from Massey University Press in November). Paula is a co-editor of the new anthology Ko Aotearoa Tātou (Otago University Press), which is a creative snapshot of New Zealand after the 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks.
Events at Word
THE GREAT WORD DEBATESaturday, 31 October 8:30 pm
The Great WORD Debate is back! This year's moot is that 'It's the end of the world as we know it'. With Toby Manhire, Paula Morris, Hana O'Regan, Guy Williams, Tom Scott and Siouxsie Wiles, hosted by Joe Bennett.
DEAR KATHERINESunday, 1 November 5:00 pm
We celebrate 50 years of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship by inviting five fellows to write a letter to Mansfield. With Paula Morris, Vincent O’Sullivan, Bill Manhire, Carl Nixon and Fiona Farrell.
KO AOTEAROA TĀTOU | WE ARE NEW ZEALANDFriday, 30 October 5:00 pm
In Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, writers and artists respond to the questions: What is New Zealand? Who are New Zealanders? With Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, essa may ranapiri, Donna Miles-Mojab, Mohamed Hassan, Tusiata Avia and more.