Nelson arts Festival logo

OUT HERE IN WHAKATŪ | Pukapuka Talks


Join Chris Tse, Ruby Solly, AJ Fitzwater and EJ Mann to celebrate the breadth and diversity within Aotearoa’s rainbow literary community.

When reviewing Out Here: An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ Writers from Aotearoa Professor Paul Millar noted the diversity of our society is being increasingly realised and celebrated, even in our parliament, but the lists of books showcasing queer writing were, until now, in danger of failing to reflect this.

Out Here goes a long way to redressing this lack and to exploring the vast experiences of being queer (and paying tribute to how people express it). As well as reading from their published works, the panel members will each nominate a queer text (book, film etc) that is important to them and share their own stories. Chaired by Chris Tse.

Thanks to Auckland University Press.

Ruby Solly 

Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) is a writer, musician and taonga pūoro practitioner living in Pōneke who is currently completing a PhD in public health, focusing on the use of taonga pūoro in hauora Māori. She has been published in journals such as Landfall, Starling and Sport among others. Her first book, Tōku Pāpā, a collection of poetry about connection and disconnection spanning generations, was published by Victoria University Press in February 2021. She is also a contributor to Out Here: An Anthology of Takatāpui and LGBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa, which is being published by Auckland University Press in October.

A. J. Fitzwater 

A. J. Fitzwater is four giraffes stuffed into a racing mini, living between the cracks of Ōtautahi. Their books are the WW2 land girls fantasy novella No Man’s Land from Paper Road Press, and lesbian capybara pirate hijinks The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper from Queen of Swords Press. Their short fiction is available in a variety of speculative venues of repute. They attended the Clarion writers’ workshop in 2014, and use their two Sir Julius Vogel Awards as sword hands. They maintain a collection of bow ties.

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.

EJ Mann 

EJ Mann is a neurodivergent, non-binary nature nerd and anxious asexual advocate originally from Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, who has lived in Whakatū (Nelson) for the last 18 months as an unexpected Covid refugee. In their spare time they knit, rollerskate, complain about gender, and occasionally (as E. H. Mann) write fantasy and science-fiction about folk who don’t quite fit. Not so much an emerging writer as a cryptically lurking one, nevertheless their short stories can be found in anthologies like Rebuilding TomorrowMother of Invention, and Aurealis magazine.


Mon 25 Oct | 1.30pm

60 min

$13 - $19
Eligible for 5 for $75

Plus service fee 
Buy Tickets

Similar Shows

Sign-up to get the latest festival news

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.