Meet our July Author: Nicole Titihuia Hawkins
When: Tuesday 26 July, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Where: Online – click the Zoom link below.
Join us to meet the fabulous Nicole Titihuia Hawkins at an online shared reading event at the end of the month! Nicole will read from her work and we will all have an opportunity to reflect and respond together as we go along.
This month we read Nicole Titihuia Hawkin’s fantastic poems from her new book Whai. Nicole says that “Whai” has many meanings which is really exciting for us as we always bring multiple interpretations to a work in our shared reading groups!
“I’d much prefer people who are keen read the pukapuka and decide for themselves what Whai means to them. For some the connotations of following, chasing, searching, wooing and pursuing will ring true. For others Whai could mean a karakia to cure wounds. Others might think of a stingray. One of my hopes for Whai is that it shares a message that we aren’t ever just one thing. We are as expansive as Te Moana Nui a Kiwa and beyond.“
Excerpt from an interview with Verb Wellington
Nicole Titihuia Hawkins (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa, Ngāti Pāhauwera) is an emerging writer, avid home-baker, red lipstick enthusiast, pro-level aunt and proud māmā to a newborn. She lives in Te Awakairangi, hosts Poetry with Brownies and runs side hustles with her besties. Before she began spending her days breastfeeding and changing nappies, she was most commonly found teaching English, Social Studies & Māori Activism at a local High School.
“Whai is your pocket aunty, your best friend who knows what to say when you call her drunk at 3am and your hard ass kuia eyeballing you from the corner of the wharekai. He pau tēnei. In this collection Nicole Titihuia Hawkins breathes life into our secret selves and lights up the dark with her fire.” – Emma Espiner.