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Mother's Milk: Writers In First Language and Translation

Mother's Milk: Writers In First Language and Translation

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When:

  • Mon 26 Jun, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where:

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Join us for a stimulation discussion with writers LEANNE RADOJKOVICH, RIA MASAE and YA-WEN HO, with host Leilani Tamu.

Leilani Tamu:
Leilani Tamu is a poet, social commentator, Pacific historian and former New Zealand diplomat. In 2013 she was the Fulbright/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence at the University of Hawai’i in Mānoa. Prior to this, Leilani worked as a freelance writer with regular contributions appearing in Auckland’s Metro Magazine that tackled issues as diverse as racism, unemployment, property investment, cyber bullying, youth suicide and motherhood.

Leilani’s work has appeared in a range of anthologies, including Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English; Niu Voices: Contemporary Pacific Fiction 1; Landfall; JAAM; Blackmail Press; Hawai’i Review; Griffith Review, SPASIFIK Magazine, and Snorkel. Her debut book of poetry, The Art of Excavation was released in August 2014.

Leilani is also the Green Party’s candidate for the New Lynn Electorate.

Leanne Radojkovich:
Leanne Radojkovich’s short story collection First fox was launched during the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2017. Published by The Emma Press in the UK, illustrated by Rachel J. Fenton, it will be available from Unity Auckland and The Women’s Bookshop.

Her stories have appeared in a number of journals including Headland, Numéro Cinq, Litro and Ika, and have been placed in numerous competitions. She presented at the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English held in Shanghai in 2016, where one of her stories was published in Chinese.

Ya-wen Ho:
Ya-Wen Ho folds bilingually between Mandarin and English and is currently working on a Masters in Literary Translation at the Victoria University of Wellington. Her first book of poetry last edited (insert time here) was published by TinFish Press in 2012. She was a 2015 recipient of the Horoeka/Lancewood Reading Grant, for which she wrote a hypertextual essay, Dear, You.

Ria Masae:
Ria Masae is a Samoan New Zealander living in Auckland. She is currently studying towards a BCA at the Manukau Institute of Technology, after attaining a BA at The University of Auckland. In 2015, Ria won the New Voices: Emerging Poets Competition, as well as the 2016 Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition.

Her work has been shared in several New Zealand and Australian publications including, Landfall, Blackmail Press, Snorkel, Ika, and Otoliths. Ria was delighted and honoured to have her poetry translated into Spanish on the online Mexican journal, Círculo de Poesía.

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