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Freelove Book Launch by Sia Figiel


Fri 25 May 2018, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Sei Oriana Gift Shop, 141 Bader Dr, Mangere, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Little Island Press

Join us for the NZ launch of Freelove (2018 revised edition). The long-awaited new novel from Sia Figiel, esteemed writer of the Pacific. In 1994 she won the Polynesian Literary Competition. Her 1997 novel, where we once belonged, was awarded the South East Asia and South Pacific region Commonwealth Writer’s Prize: Best First Book.

Her writing is highly acclaimed for its innovative fusion of traditional and contemporary modes of storytelling, her groundbreaking exploration of sexuality and taboo themes, and for pioneering a female narrative that has influenced a generation of Sāmoan and Pacific writers in the Islands and in the diaspora.

Note: Contains sexual innuendo and explicit language.

An intimate and intoxicating tale of love and decolonisation. A star-crossed couple is caught between the bittersweet breaking of social taboo and rebelliously reclaiming the tapu of ancient beliefs, sex, stories and small gods. Sia Figiel will keep you up all night with her sensuous storytelling of sexual awakening and the spilling of secrets. Passionate, poetic and personal, it is set within a larger story; the spark of a Pacific indigenous renaissance, a region reclaiming itself in changing times.
Dr. Karlo Mila

"Intelligent. In Control. Assertive. Embodies the current conversations and conflicts young P.I. are having about western religions and indigenous spiritualities." Read it! Pati Solomona Tyrell, artist, co-founder, FAFSWAG.

"Free love, free flight, free wrongs, free write, freewheeling, freethinking, freestyling, freewilling. Freedom in Freelove. Watch out, Sia is back!" - Selina Tusitala Marsh

"A masterful and rare example of fāgogo which tells the complexities, intricacies and contradictions of the contemporary Sāmoan experience. Inquisitive. Intelligent. Sexually exploratory. A beautiful piece of work!" - Lana Lopesi

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