There are – in the tradition of Katherine Mansfield, Robin Hyde and Janet Frame – many Aotearoa writers who live beyond our shores, including Hinemoana Baker and Mohamed Hassan. What message would they like us to hear?
What can our writers who have returned home, like Paula Morris, offer their far flung fellow wordsmiths? How do more recent arrivals to our island nation in the south Pacific, like Rajorshi Chakraborti, grapple with having more than one home?
And how can we all take inspiration from these trailblazers and use the written word to connect with our own loved ones who are overseas?
As part of this year’s Festival, we’ll be offering a series of digital works that contemplate these questions and encourage our community to do the same. Keep an eye on our virtual platforms for ways to connect.