Auckland Writers Festival Schools Programme 2017 Proudly supported by Freemasons Foundation
Consummate storyteller Witi Ihimaera (Te Whanau A Kai, Te Aitanga A Mahaki, Ngati Porou) is one of New Zealand’s literary stars. Witi’s first book Pounamu, Pounamu, a classic New Zealand book of short stories, has not been out of print since it was first published over 40 years ago. He has gone on to publish widely across genres, including for stage and screen, for children, and non-fiction on arts and culture. Most recently he embarked on a memoir project, the first volume of which is Maori Boy. Witi talks about the crossover between real life and fiction in his creative journey, filled with many triumphs and challenges, and shares some of the stories that formed his early imagination.