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Pukapuka Talks

Novelist Rebecca K Reilly (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai) - winner of the Hubert Church Prize for best first book of fiction at the 2022 Ockham NZ Book Awards - and poet Rebecca Hawkes read from their stunning debut books. 

Greta & Valdin, the beguiling and hilarious novel by Adam Foundation Prize winner Rebecca K Reilly, owes as much to Shakespeare as it does to Tinder. Set in a world that is deeply familiar (but also a bit sexier and more stylish than the real one), Greta and Valdin will speak to anyone who has had their heart broken, or has decided that they don’t want to be a physicist anymore, or has wondered about all of the things they don’t know about their family. 

Meat Lovers is a poetry collection written, and illustrated, by acclaimed queer poet, painter and Canterbury farmer’s daughter, Rebecca Hawkes. In this dazzling collection, Hawkes takes a generous bite from the excesses of earthly flesh – first ‘Meat’, then ‘Lovers’. ‘Meat’ is a coming of age in which pony clubs, orphaned lambs and dairy-shed delirium are infused with playful menace and queer longings. Between bottle-fed care and killing-shed floors, the farm is a heady setting for love and death. In ‘Lovers’, the poet casts a wry eye over romance, from youthful sapphic infatuation to seething beastliness.

Buy the pukapuka here:
Rebecca Hawkes: Meat Lovers | Rebecca K Reilly: Greta & Valdin

With thanks to Te Herenga Waka University Press and Auckland University Press.


Rebecca K Reilly 

Rebecca K Reilly (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai) is a writer from Tāmaki Makaurau. She won the 2019 Adam Foundation Prize. Greta and Valdin, published by Te Herenga Waka University Press in May 2021, is her first book. It was shortlisted for the 2022 Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction and won the Hubert Church Prize for best first book of fiction at the 2022 Ockham NZ Book Awards.

Rebecca Hawkes  

Rebecca Hawkes grew up on a sheep and beef farm near Methven and now maintains a tenuous work/work balance in Wellington. With poems widely published in Aotearoa journals, Hawkes’ debut chapbook ‘Softcore coldsores’ was published in AUP New Poets 5 for the reignition of the series in 2019. Meat Lovers is her first full-length collection. Hawkes is an editor for literary journal Sweet Mammalian and the climate change poetry anthology No Other Place to Stand (Auckland University Press, forthcoming). She is also a founding member of popstar poets’ performance posse Show Ponies and haphazard coordinator of the Pegasus Books poetry reading series. When not writing, painting or gainfully employed, she can be observed painstakingly catching insects to feed her spoilt pitcher plants. 

Thu 20 Oct | 6.00 pm

45 min
Pay What You Can (PWYC)

Plus service fee 

Content Warnings: Sexual references 

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