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
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.
A CLEAR DAWN: NEW ASIAN VOICES FROM AOTEAROA NEW ZEALANDSunday, 29th August 12:00 pm
A Clear Dawn is the first ever anthology of Asian-New Zealand creative writing. Editors Paula Morris and Alison Wong host readings and conversation with contributors E Wen Wong, Sharon Lam, Nod Ghosh, Russell Boey, Melanie Kwang and Neema Singh, with special guest Jeffrey Zhao on the erhu.
THE FARAWAY NEAR: HELEN MACDONALDFriday, 27th August 6:00 pm
Helen Macdonald, author of the sublime H is for Hawk, speaks with Paula Morris about her latest book, Vesper Flights, which gathers together essays of observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss, and how we make the world around us.
THE FARAWAY NEAR: BACKLISTEDSaturday, 28th August 10:30 am
WORD presents one of the internet’s most popular book podcasts, live in The Faraway Near. Backlisted, based in the UK, is ‘the podcast that gives new life to old books’ and has gathered a legion of loyal followers for its warmth, humour and erudition. With special live guest Paula Morris.