Event Details


In this final session we will read from Hana Pera Aoake’s A bathful of kawakawa and hot water alongside excerpts from Katherine McKittrick’s Dear Science and Other Stories. This session will be introduced by Nikki Hessell, and include works by Taarn Scott & Hana Pera Aoake, Bridget Reweti, Richard Niania & Joyce Campbell.

“Dear Science, When I last wrote, I told you about how I am trying to work out — without descriptively writing out — the intellectual-physiological effort that emerges alongside black rebellion. You didn’t write back.” — Katherine McKittrick, Dear Science and Other Stories, Duke University Press, 2021 (pp.35-57; 186-187).

Hana Pera Aoake, A bathful of kawakawa and hot water, Compound Press, 2020 (54-67).

Reading Environments is a reading group open to all, for reading, listening and thinking together. Hosted by Su Ballard (Art History), Bonnie Etherington, and Adam Grener (English Literatures and Creative Communication), Reading Environments brings together academics, students and interested members of the public to delve into and discuss current work in the Environmental Humanities that helps us navigate the changing environmental contexts of the planet.

On the occasion of Folded Memory a special series of Reading Environments | Shelter runs across five Thursday lunchtimes pairing art works from the exhibition with selected readings.


  • Free | All Welcome


  • Thu 21 Mar


  • 12:00 pm


  • Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington,
  • Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
  • Pōneke Wellington