For the third presentation in our digital series, WRITING HOME: An Antidote To Feeling Stranded, Paula Morris MNZM (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Whatua) reads an excerpt from her pukapuka ‘On Coming Home’, published by Bridget Williams Books in 2015.
Paula Morris is a fiction writer and essayist from Tāmaki Makaurau. She co-edited the landmark anthologies Ko Aotearoa Tātou (2020) and A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa NZ (2021), and collaborated with photographer Haru Sameshima on Shining Land: Looking for Robin Hyde (2020). An Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, where she directs the Master of Creative Writing, Paula is the founder of the Academy of New Zealand Literature and serves on the boards of the NZ Book
Awards Trust, the Māori Literature Trust, the Mātātuhi Foundation and the Coalition for Books.
Captions are available for this video. You can turn them on in the bottom right hand corner of the video.
[The video shows a dark green screen with a lighter green logo on it in a spiral shape. It reads Nelson Arts Festival. This zooms in and out.
The following text appears: Writing Home: An Antidote To Feeling Stranded. A series of digital performances by some of Aotearoa’s leading poets and authors, from their homes around the world to yours. Brought to you by the Nelson Arts Festival, with the support of Nelson City Council.
This text is replaced by: Paula Morris MNZM (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Whatua), Auckland, Aotearoa.
Paula appears on screen. She has shoulder-length grey hair and is wearing black rimmed glasses. She sits in front of a white book shelf full of books and memorabilia.
After she has finished speaking, the following text appears: Paula read an excerpt from ‘On Coming Home’ (BWB Texts, 20150.
Find out more about Paula at https://www.paula-morris.com/
Follow Paula on Twitter: @pjkmorris ]
Join the kōrero with Miro Bilbrough and Steve Braunias at 11am: https://youtu.be/jUnnB98dVd4
Having proclaimed it ‘the best written work of non-fiction of 2020’ on Newsroom, Steve will talk to Miro about her engaging memoir, In the Time of the Manaroans.
You can join the conversation live, or catch up later – this digital Pukapuka Talk will remain on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy.
We had a wonderful time with Ruby Solly at their workshop, feels almost surreal that we could indeed host this event on Friday. So lucky to have Ruby facilitate and teach us some great surrealist writing techniques and exercises to get those kupu flowing onto paper.
One result of our collective writing was this lovely poem our workshop participants co-created under Ruby’s guidance – enjoy 💚✏📚kia ora, Ruby!
[ID: The poem co-created at Ruby Solly’s writing workshop on green background. The poem reads, Once upon a time there was a little girl who ran around the hospital before breakfast,
Her eyes black liquorice sticky with joy her laughter the gurgling of pink champagne in the silence]
“Nelson Arts Festival forges ahead online” – thanks so much @pjkmorris for your comments and insights on RNZ’s Standing Room Only today – you represented the ‘Writing Home’ collective superbly!
Paula’s piece for Writing Home will be released tomorrow – stay tuned, lovers of a good kōrero!
is a collection of videos the Nelson Arts Festival has commissioned from Kiwi writers living here and overseas. The writers were invited to think about the idea of “home” – particularly of being apart from those they love – and to share a poem or an excerpt from one of their works.
The Nelson Arts Festival is one of the arts sector’s recent Covid casualties, with most of the programme having to be cancelled. But this show can go on, online. Writing Home writer, Paula Morris joins Lynn to discuss.