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A writing workshop to help you embrace the strange and describe the indescribable, led by writer and taonga pūoro practitioner Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe).

The written word is powerful, but it is also a chance to play and create things which we cannot have in our real lives. More so, it is a place to create things that are impossible even to think about; overripe stones, long hair always full of nocturnal animals, and sugar set fragily ajar by the wind.

Join us as we read authors such as André Breton, Leonora Carrington, Richard Brautigan and Samuel Beckett. This workshop will also feature collaborative work using games and techniques developed during the surrealist movement, as well as exercises inspired by the work of surrealist and related writers.

A great workshop for all who wish to extend their writing, to embrace the strange, and work on their potential to describe the indescribable.


Thanks to New Zealand Society of Authors we can offer a discount to all NZSA Top of the South members. NZSA member price: $25.

Ruby Solly 

Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) is a writer, musician and taonga pūoro practitioner living in Pōneke. 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. In 2020 she released her debut album, Pōneke, which looks at the soundscapes of Wellington’s past, present and future through the use of taonga pūoro, cello, and environmental sounds. She is currently completing a PhD in public health, focusing on the use of taonga pūoro in hauora Māori.


Fri 22 Oct | 10.30am

120 min
$25 - $35

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