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Pukapuka Talks

WORD Christchurch and Pukapuka Talks present this very special event to celebrate the life of the enigmatic and brilliant Keri Hulme (1947-2021), author of the bone people, with Patricia Grace, Whiti Hereaka, Marian Evans, Matt Salmons, Anna Hulme and Ariana Tikao, MCed by Becky Manawatu.

Keri Hulme’s nephew Matt Salmons, her niece Anna Hulme, her publisher Marian Evans (from Spiral Collective) and singer/composer Ariana Tikao will be joined by writers Patricia Grace and Whiti Hereaka.

The three writers will share a piece of Hulme’s writing that has influenced them, then read a new work of their own in response, specially commissioned to commemorate her extraordinary body of work.

Marian Evans and Patricia Grace will appear via video. All other performers will appear in person.

In between readings you’ll glimpse Hulme’s life through some of her favourite songs.

MC: Nic Low (unfortunately Becky Manawatu is no longer able to attend)


NZSL Interpreted Event

This event will be New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Interpreted by a trained interpreter from Platform Interpreting New Zealand.

To book reserved seats close to the front of the stage for a good view of the interpreter, email or call the Theatre Royal Box Office on 03 548 3840.


Special After Show Event

Keri Hulme loved storytelling, whisky and guitars. In celebration of this, we're teaming up with the amazing humans at Kismet to host a special after-event gathering, where you will have the opportunity to meet some of Keri’s whānau, mingle with esteemed writers and get your copies of her books signed.
Please join us after He Kōtuku Rereka Tahi for a dram at Kismet Cocktail & Whisky Bar at 151 Hardy Street, Nelson, from 8.15pm on.

Of course, the bone people is one of New Zealand's most famous and influential books but copies of Keri Hulme's poetry and short story collections will also be available for sale on the night at the Page & Blackmore festival bookstore. (If you already have a copy of the bone people, bring it along too!)


Buy the pukapuka here:

Keri Hulme: the bone people Te Kaihau/The Windeater | Lost Possessions

Patricia Grace: From The Centre | Cousins

Whiti Hereaka: Kurangaituku

Nic Low: Uprising

Ariana Tikao: Mokorua: Ngā kōrero mō tōku mono kauai (Mokorua: My story of mono kauae)

In collaboration with 

Sun 23 Oct | 7.00pm

75 min
Pay What You Can (PWYC)

Plus service fee 

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