Poetry Writing

Poetry Writing


Saturday 26 June 2021 / 1pm

Education Centre


Sharpen your skills as a wordsmith and build your craft as a poet. Ages 16+

Join us for this two hour workshop led by recent Ockham award-wining poet Tusiata Avia. Numbers are strictly limited, so book your place now.

Born in Ōtautahi Christchurch in 1966, Tusiata Avia is an acclaimed poet, performer and children’s writer. Her first poetry collection, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (2004) was also staged as a theatre show, including Off-Broadway, where it won the 2019 Outstanding Production of the Year. This was followed by Bloodclot (2009), the Ockham-shortlisted Fale Aitu | Spirit House (2016), and The Savage Coloniser Book (2020), which won the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry at the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Avia held the Fulbright Pacific Writer’s Fellowship at the University of Hawai‘i in 2005 and the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at University of Canterbury in 2010. She was the 2013 recipient of the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award, and in 2020 was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to poetry and the arts.

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