Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe) is a poet, short story writer, teacher, and essayist. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and her first book ‘Poroporoaki to the Lord My God: Weaving the Via Dolorosa’ was published by Seraph Press in 2016. She has a Masters of Creative Writing from the Te Pūtahi Tuhi Auaha o te Ao (The International Institute of Modern Letters), and Graduate Diplomas in Psychology and Teaching. She is currently undertaking doctoral research at Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University of Wellington), developing critical literary theory based on Māori intellectual traditions. She lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara with her partner and son.
Kete Whakaaro/Kupu Whakairo – Poetry Workshop with Anahera GildeaSaturday 5th October, 9am-11am. Limited numbers (registration required).
How do we develop a distinct way of creating and approaching work informed by tikanga and mātauranga Māori? Tikanga involved in traditional art practices is paramount to both centering ourselves as writers, and to the creation of poetry, ahakoa te reo.
In this workshop we will use a weaving metaphor to generate new poetry while also learning robust techniques and tools that will enable us to lift and sharpen our words, giving them weight and meaning. We will begin with exercises that allow us to ‘harvest and gather’ our thoughts, followed by an in-depth discussion of what takes poetry from ‘good’ to exceptional.
By the end of this workshop you will have new material and a multitude of pathways with which to weave your kete whakaaro.
Kia Tika: The Right to WriteSaturday 5th October, 7.30pm-9pm
With Anahera Gildea, Matariki Williams, Leonie Hayden, Emma Espiner & Nadine Anne Hura (Chair)
What are the values underpinning our publishing decisions? Who owns the narrative? How do we write into the discomfort, without trampling on the mana of others? When should we persist, when should we hang back? These are just a few of the questions this panel will attempt to explore – with an emphasis on learning and exchange.