Tusiata Avia

Update on Tusiata Avia

Sadly Tusiata is unable to vist us on 14th March. But we are hoping that she will be joining us another time. In the meantime the committee are planning a great evening for that Thursday and are looking forward to seeing you all.


We are lucky enough to have Tusiata Avia coming to talk to us at our March meeting, which will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday the 14th.

Tusiata is an established and respected poet and writer. She has published collections of poetry and children’s books. Her solo show Wild Dogs Under My Skirt premiered at the 2002 Dunedin Fringe Festival and then toured nationally and internationally.

She has gained a number of awards and residencies. In 2005 she was awarded the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residence at the University of Hawai ]and was the artist-in-residence at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury. The following year she was shortlisted for the Prize in Modern Letters and won the Emerging Pacific Artist award at the Creative New Zealan Arts Pasifika Awards. She was the 2010 Ursula Bethell writer in residence at the University of Canterbury. In 2013, she received the Janet Frame Literary Trust Award.

If that were not enough, Tusiata’s poetry has appeared in several literary journals including Takahe, Sport, Turbine, and Trout. It has also been published in the Best New Zealand Poems series (in 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2017).

And here’s the list of her poetry collections

  • Fale Aiutu – Spirit House (Victoria University Press, 2016). This was shortlisted for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
  • Bloodclot (Victoria University Press, 2009)
  • Wild Dogs Under My Skirt (Victoria University Press, 2004)

And her children’s books

  • Mele and the Fofo (Victoria University Press, 2004)
  • The Song (Victoria University Press, 2002)

So, as already said,  we are lucky to have her visiting us. It should be an amazing evening so make sure you put it in your diary now!

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