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WĀHINE WAHAPŪ | Pukapuka Talks


Former NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh shares the stage with two of Aoteaora’s most extraordinary young poets – Ruby Solly and Tayi Tibble – as they perform poems from their latest collections.

Prepare to be impressed: Pasifika poet Selina Tusitala Marsh ONZM has performed in front of Queen Elizabeth but she meets her equals in Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) and Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou), both in their mid-20s.

Selina Tusitala Marsh will be performing poems from her last two collections, Tightropeand Dark Sparring, as well as some new works in progress.

Ruby Solly will be sharing poems from her debut collection, Tōku Pāpā. These poems look at how we take the knowledge we are given by our ancestors, encompassing a journey spanning generations.

Tayi Tibble will be sharing poems from Rangikura, her fiery second collection. These poems live in the space between the end of the world and a new day and ask us to think about our relationship to desire and exploitation.

MCed by Nic Low.

Selina Tusitala Marsh 

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh is of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English and French descent. She was the first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from The University of Auckland and is now a lecturer in the English Department, specialising in Pasifika literature. Her first collection, the bestselling Fast Talking PI, won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 2010. Marsh represented Tuvalu at the London Olympics Poetry Parnassus event in 2012; her work has been translated into Ukrainian and Spanish and has appeared in numerous forms live in schools, museums, parks, billboards, print and online literary journals. As Commonwealth Poet (2016), she composed and performed for the Queen at Westminster Abbey. She became New Zealand's Poet Laureate in 2017. Her debut children’s book and memoir, Mophead: How Your Difference Makes a Difference, was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year – 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Her follow-up book, Mophead Tu: The Queen’s Poem, is a finalist in the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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.

Tayi Tibble 

Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Porou) was born in 1995 and lives in Wellington. In 2017 she completed a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington, where she was the recipient of the Adam Foundation Prize. Her first book, Poūkahangatus, won the Jessie Mackay Best First Book of Poetry Award in 2019. Rangikura is her fiery second collection.


Sun 24 Oct | 5.30pm

Doors open 5pm

90 min

Koha entry

Limited space at venue - be early! 

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