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Hear from three contributors to the new anthology, A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices From Aotearoa New Zealand: Angelique Kasmara, Rose Lu and Chris Tse.

In celebrating the publication of the first anthology of Asian writing in Aotearoa, we explore several key questions: Is there is increased visibility of, and reader/audience interest in, Asian voices? What challenges and opportunities—personal and/or professional—impact on Asian NZ writers?

Brannavan Gnanalingam will invite perspectives from the three contributors: novelist Angelique Kasmara (Isobar Precinct), nonfiction writer Rose Lu (All Who Live on Islands) and poet Chris Tse (He’s So Masc).

Chaired by Brannavan Gnanalingam.

Thanks to Auckland University Press, The Cuba Press, NZ Society of Authors and Asia NZ Foundation

Angelique Kasmara 

Angelique Kasmara has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. The manuscript for her novel Isobar Precinct won the 2016 Sir James Wallace Prize for Creative Writing, was a finalist for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize and The Cuba Press is publishing it in August 2021. Some of her fiction appears in Newsroom, Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand and A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa. Angelique lives in Tāmaki Makaurau where she works as a communications manager, writer, translator and reviewer.

Rose Lu 

Rose Lu is a Wellington-based writer. In 2018 she gained her Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters and was awarded the Modern Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize. As well as featuring in A Clear Dawn, her work has been published in Sport, The Pantograph Punch, Turbine Kapohau and Mimicry. Her undergraduate degree was in mechatronics engineering, and she has worked as a software developer since 2012.

Chris Tse 

Chris Tse was born and raised in Lower Hutt. He studied English literature and film at Victoria University of Wellington, where he also completed an MA in Creative Writing at the IIML. Tse was one of three poets featured in AUP New Poets 4 (Auckland University Press, 2011) and his work has appeared in publications in New Zealand and overseas. His first collection, How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes (Auckland University Press, 2014) won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 2016. His second collection, He’s So Masc, was published by Auckland University Press in 2018.

Brannavan Gnanalingam 

Brannavan Gnanalingam is a writer and lawyer based in Wellington.  He is the author of six novels, published through Lawrence & Gibson.  His last two novels, Sprigs (2020) and Sodden Downstream (2017) have both been finalists for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Foundation Prize for Fiction at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, while his previous novel, A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse (2016) was longlisted for the same award.


Sun 24 Oct | 3.30pm

60 min

$13 - $19
Eligible for 5 for $75

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