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Victor Rodger

Victor Rodger (he/him) is an award-winning writer and producer of Samoan (Iva) and Scottish (Dundee) descent. His plays include the internationally acclaimed BLACK FAGGOT and MY NAME IS GARY COOPER while his television work includes the Kiwi soap opera SHORTLAND STREET, the Maori Television drama THIS IS PIKI, the Pasifika comedy show SIS and the contemporary Pasifika horror anthology series TEINE SA: THE ANCIENT ONES. His works of fiction and non-fiction have been published in Landfall, E-Tangata and Metro as well as in the Maori/Pasifika anthology BLACK MARKS ON THE WHITE PAGE, co-edited by Witi Ihimaera. Through his theatre entity, FCC, he produced Tusiata Avia’s WILD DOGS UNDER MY SKIRT, which played Off-Broadway last year. He leads the Maori and Pasifika creative writing workshop at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and is attached to various projects in theatre, film and television. This year he was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre and Pacific Arts.


The Bogong

Our Bogong is a celebration and sharing of crafted spoken word pieces. Grab a drink and hang around for a pizza afterwards. With Nardi Simpson, SJ Norman, Declan Fry, Victor Rodger (NZ), Emily Munro-Harrison, Nayook, Claire G. Coleman, Nayuka Gorrie.

March 20, 2022