Repeat Broadcasts of special content from the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2021.

By OAR FM | Posted: Wednesday July 7, 2021

With Puaka Matariki Festival 2021 providing a platform for sharing stories and experiences, OAR FM is pleased to be giving listeners a further opportunity to enjoy special content from the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival 2021.

The following repeat broadcasts have been scheduled:

Thursday 8 July at 7pm:

Navigating the Stars - Māori Creation Myths

“Step through the gateway now to stories that are as relevant today as they ever were,” invites master storyteller Witi Ihimaera.
He talks with Jacinta Ruru about his latest book, Navigating the Stars: Māori Creation Myths, in which he traces the history of Māori people through their creation myths, bringing them to the twenty-first century.

Saturday 10 July at 12pm:

Rocketing to Fame

Becky Manawatu‘s debut novel, Auē, garnered critical acclaim and announced her as a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction, winning the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction and the Hubert Church Prize for Fiction at the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Kiran Dass described Auē as “a beautifully pitched and nuanced hopeful story about the power of love, friendship and family”. Becky is the Robert Burns Fellow for 2021 and hopes to use the opportunity for both personal and professional growth, as she works on a sequel (of sorts) to Auē. Lynn Freeman quizes Becky about how her meteoric rise to literary fame has affected her approach to writing and life.

Sunday 11 July at 1pm:

Things OK With You?

Lynn Freeman sits down with Vincent O’Sullivan to talk about his recent work, including his new collection of poems Things OK with you? and of course the biographical portrait, Ralph Hotere: The Dark is Light Enough.

Wednesday 14 July at 7pm:

Decolonisation - Activating Allies

Rebecca Kiddle and Amanda Thomas, contributing writers for Imagining Decolonisation, discuss why decolonisation is beneficial to everyone, and who is, and who should be, doing the mahi.

Thursday 15 July at 7pm:

Ngā Kete Mātauranga - Māori Scholars at the Research Interface

Co-editor of Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori Scholars at the Research Interface, Jacinta Ruru describes this beautiful and transformative book as “an opportunity to provide New Zealanders with an insight into how Mātauranga is positively influencing the Western-dominated disciplines of knowledge in the research sector”. In these pages, Māori academics share what being Māori has meant for them in their work. Jacinta, in conversation with the Te Kai a te Rangatira editors, speaks to the process of creating the book and the influence of Mātauranga on the academic sector.

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