From Samoa to South Africa, vandals to Vogue, quiz masters to Queens, grassroots to Gucci, primary schoolers, Pasifika leaders, to First U.S Black Presidents, New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh takes poetry into un-poeted spaces to enrich people and their places. The impact of her work was recognised in the 2019 New Years Honours List when she was appointed as an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to poetry, literature and the Pacific community.
Seven of the best poets read three of their best poems in a mellifluous hour of power. With Ali Cobby Eckermann, Uncle Jim Everett, Raelee Lancaster, Yvette Holt, Selina Tusitala Marsh (NZ), Melanie Mununggurr-Williams and Ellen van Neerven. Presented in partnership with Australian Poetry. Supported by RMIT Indigenous Education and Engagement.
Come feast on stories at our final event. Traditionally, when the Bogong moth swarmed in the cool regions of Mount Bogong during summer, local tribes would gather to conduct ceremonies and feast on this protein-rich food source. Our Bogong is a celebration and sharing of crafted spoken word pieces from master storytellers. With Claire G…