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Renée (Ngati Kahungunu/Scot) was born grumpy and nothing has changed. She is an avid and faithful reader, enjoys cooking and gardening. Renée always thought she would die at 42 but for some reason this didn’t happen. She considers herself very lucky to still have most of her marbles and credits reading, writing, walking and teaching, for this. Renée has written 8 novels and eighteen plays among which is the Wednesday To Come trilogyHer memoir These Two Hands was published by Makaro Press in 2017. Her latest work a crime novel, The Wild Card, will be publication late October 2019. In November 2018 she received the Prime Minister’s Award for literature.

MāreikuraWomen of Words

Saturday 5th October, 4.30pm-5.30pm.

An opportunity to celebrate the careers of two incredible wāhine, Patricia Grace and Renée. Together, they will join Wellington poet Arihia Latham in a wide-ranging and relaxed conversation about the creative life through all its phases and stages.

Workshop: Your Life Your Story

Friday 4th October, 3.00pm-5.00pm. Registration required (limited numbers).

Every life story matters. Life stories can be written any way you like. Chronological stories are very popular but there are many other ways to write about your life. A series of written snapshots, a series of musical notes, a poetry patchwork or using different songs to reflect various stages of your life. Anniversaries, birthdays, various Christmas Days, all can be triggers for writing your life story. During the course of this workshop we’ll look at these structural devices, see what triggers make the best pattern for each participant, do some writing exercises as well as looking at beginnings, middles and ends. There will also be time for questions and answers.

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