Tusiata Avia travelled the world performing her one-woman poetry show based on her first collection, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt. 17 years after its debut, it is a six woman award-winning play, most recently garnering the 2019 Outstanding Production of the Year at Off-Broadway Theatre Soho Playhouse, New York City. Tusiata has held residencies including the CNZ Fulbright Pacific Writer’s Fellowship at University of Hawai’i and the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at University of Canterbury and been the recipient of the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award. Tusiata’s other poetry collections are Bloodclot (2009) and Fale Aitu │ Spirit House, short-listed for the 2017 Poetry Award at the Ockham NZ Book Awards. This year Tusiata received a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to poetry and the arts, and she is launching her new collection, The Savage Coloniser Book, at WORD.
Events at Word
BEDTIME STORIES FOR ANXIOUS ADULTSFriday, 30 October 7:30 pm
Join Pip Adam, Eamonn Marra, Tusiata Avia and and Laura Borrowdale, with your host, guest programmer Ray Shipley, as they tell hopeful, soothing small stories with live illustrations from The Spinoff's Toby Morris.
TUSIATA AVIA: THE SAVAGE COLONISER BOOK LAUNCHSaturday, 31 October 8:00 pm
Join Tusiata Avia for the launch of her much-anticipated new collection The Savage Coloniser Book, with special guests Selina Tusitala Marsh and FAFSWAG's Pati Solomona Tyrell. Doors open at 7.30pm.
WILD HONEY: A CELEBRATION OF NEW ZEALAND WOMEN’S POETRYSaturday, 31 October 4:30 pm
A celebration of New Zealand women's poetry with Wild Honey author Paula Green and three generations of some of our finest female poets.
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.