Look, Listen & Learn
POUTOKOMANAWA – THE HEARTPOST - THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: TINA MAKERETI
Maori and Pasifika writers cross borders with a vibrant aesthetic that exists nowhere else on the planet. Yet they are under-represented in literature—research suggests that Maori and Pasifika poetry and fiction accounts for only 3% of all locally published literature. Other ethnic groups fare worse. In this lecture novelist, essayist and creative writing teacher Tina Makereti assesses the state of affairs and presents her vision of a vibrant Maori/Pasifika/ Indigenous/NZ literature: What kind of house does our literature inhabit? Where are radical renovations needed?
MICHAEL KING MEMORIAL LECTURE: A NEW POLITICS FOR NEW ZEALAND, MAX HARRIS
New Zealander Max Harris is on the ascendant: a Rhodes Scholar who, while studying public policy and law at Oxford University earned an All Souls Fellowship and returns home for the Festival to advocate a new politics. In his recently published book The New Zealand Project, he argues that academics and intellectuals have failed to deepen the political discourse, that politics is dominated by pragmatism, and that technocratic policies have replaced value-based ones. In this year’s Michael King Memorial Lecture, Harris calls for a strategic intervention – inspired by the tenets of care, community and creativity in an Aotearoa New Zealand context, and driven by the imagination and impatience of the young to create a better country.
12 Photography Favourites: Teju Cole
The New York Times photography critic and award-winning novelist and essayist Teju Cole takes the audience on a virtual tour of the work of twelve of his current favourite photographers.
Great Reads 2016
Two Festival guests share some of their favourite writing past, present and future to shape your book-reading plans for the year. In the hot seats this time around are Edinburgh Book Festival director Nick Barley and Booker Prize winning novelist Eleanor Catton.