New Zealand Envy

New Zealand Envy Sat 22 Feb 5.30pm Theatre Auditorium Sat 22 Feb 5.30pm Theatre Auditorium $19
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Chessie Henry is the author of a beautiful memoir about surviving the Christchurch earthquake, while Paula Morris is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated and incisive writers on colonial history, race and nationhood.

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is a poet and cultural worker who has programmed poetry festivals across the country and is widely published. They talk to Jo Trilling about Jacinda, the All Blacks, and why the world seems to be having a Kiwi moment.   

Chessie Henry was born in 1992 and grew up in Christchurch and Kaikōura. Her personal essays have been published in The Spinoff and The Wireless, and she currently works as a freelance copywriter. She first studied writing at Massey University, and went on to gain her Master’s in Creative Writing from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. We Can Make a Life was awarded the E.K McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-fiction at the 2019 Ockham New Zealand book Awards.

Paula Morris, of Ngati Wai and English descent, was born in Auckland. Her first novel, Queen of Beauty (2002), won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book of Fiction at the 2003 Montana Book Awards and the Adam Foundation Prize. She has published three other novels, Hibiscus Coast (2005), Trendy But Casual (2007) and Rangatira (2011), which was the winner of the Fiction Award at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards and the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards. She has also published the short-story collection Forbidden Cities (2008), edited The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (2009) and has published three young adult novels in the United States. Morris holds degrees from four universities, including the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has worked in London and New York and, since 2003, she has taught creative writing at universities in the USA, the UK and currently at the University of Auckland.

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is a Brisbane-born Māori (on her Father’s side) descending from the Te Rarawa tribe Northland, Aotearoa. She is a cultural producer, most recently having co-directed the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015 –17). She is an editor, emerging poet and weaver and is an experienced theatre practitioner having won several short play awards as a director. She is the co-editor of Solid Air: Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019)

Time & Location

Sat 22 Feb 5.30pm


Theatre Auditorium, UWA, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009

    • Adult: $19
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