Five of New Zealand’s leading Māori and Pasifika writers will showcase their work in the UK next month (November) alongside the high profile Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy. Their programme will include a public panel discussion with Senior Curator, Adrian Locke, at the Royal Academy, a Commonwealth Writers Conversation in front of an invited audience at the Commonwealth Foundation and a literary salon with much-loved salonnière, writer and journalist Damian Barr.
Oceania opened to five-star reviews at the Royal Academy of Arts in September and features around 200 works of art from New Zealand, Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia in the UK’s first major exhibition of the diverse art of the region. Māori writers Witi Ihimaera, Paula Morris and Tina Makereti are joined by Pasifika (Pacific Islands) poets Karlo Mila and David Eggleton in a panel discussion at the Royal Academy, where each of the writers will choose an artwork as a starting point to explore the exhibition’s themes and will also talk about the role of Indigenous writers and literature.
Guests will enjoy delicious New Zealand wine from Black Estate along with lively conversation, readings and performances all set against the backdrop of the panoramic London skyline.