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Food, Memory & Poetry: with Nina Mingya Powles


Sat 9 Nov 2019, 10:00am–12:00pm

Where: Te Auaha, NZ Institute of Creativity, 65 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $45.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Verb Wellington

Tip in the flour, sunlight, onions, salt and rainwater. light the flame, test the heat with the tips of your knuckles. catch your wrist on the wok, gasp, kiss it cold. – from ‘Spring Onion Pancake’ by Nina Powles

In this workshop with award-winning poet Nina Mingya Powles you will reach into the branches of your memory to pick food-related fragments to inspire new poetry. Your ticket includes food prepared by your teacher.

Nina Powles is of mixed Malaysian-Chinese heritage, was born in Wellington, and now lives in London. She is the author of poetry pamphlet collections including field notes on a downpour, Luminescent and Girls of the Drift. Her prose debut, a food memoir, will be published by The Emma Press in late 2019. Nina is co-editor of The Shanghai Literary Review and founding editor of Bitter Melon 苦瓜, a new press that publishes limited-edition poetry pamphlets by writers from Asian diaspora communities.

Includes hot drinks and food.

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