Join us in the Beech Glade outdoor classroom on dusk, where Arihia Latham will read from her debut poetry collection, Birdspeak, alongside her cousin Ruby Solly, who will perform verse from her second book, The Artist.
For the second year running, the Nelson Arts Festival is delighted to partner with the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary to offer After Dark II: Dusk Chorus. This year, we will enter the sanctuary around sunset and walk together to the Beech Glade outdoor classroom to enjoy the performances during civil and nautical twilight. We will then be guided out of the park while astronomical twilight dissolves into the night sky.
Arihia Latham’s debut poetry collection Birdspeak (Anahera Press, July 2023) follows the arc of the dawn chorus through to dusk as it maps a similar trajectory in my own life and observations of beginnings and endings.
In Ruby Solly’s stunning new verse novel, The Artist (THWUP, May 2023), cave art leaps from walls, pounamu birds sing, legends become reality, and history becomes the present.
In their whānau, birds are a strong tohu for both writers, and the names of manu live within their whakapapa.
In this article, they kōrero with each other about their new books.
All pukapuka will be for sale through our Festival bookstore Paper Plus Nelson, both at their shop and at their stall at Pukapuka Talks sessions - your opportunity to meet authors and get your books signed! You can also purchase books from Paper Plus online.