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Open Nights: Leilani Tamu


Wed 11 Mar 2015, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: echo5

Open Nights is a monthly free one-hour after work conversation series. Each event will feature a presentation from a prominent Aucklander who works in a creative industry – from theatre and literature, to fashion and design, to film and television and more. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to mingle and enjoy light refreshments. Follow Studio One Toi Tū on Facebook and sign up to our mailing list to receive information about dates, topics and speakers.

We are delighted to announce Leilani Tamu will be our second speaker for 2015. Leilani Tamu is a poet, social commentator, Pacific historian and former New Zealand diplomat. In 2013 she was the Fulbright / Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence at the University of Hawai’i in Mānoa. Prior to this, Leilani worked as a freelance writer with regular contributions appearing in Auckland’s Metro Magazine that tackled issues as diverse as racism, unemployment, property investment, cyber bullying, youth suicide and motherhood. Leilani’s work has appeared in a range of anthologies, including Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English; Niu Voices: Contemporary Pacific Fiction 1; Landfall; JAAM; Blackmail Press; Hawai’i Review; Griffith Review, SPASIFIK Magazine, and Snorkel. Her debut book of poetry, The Art of Excavation was released in August 2014.

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