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Fiction writer, screen writer and photographer, Colleen Maria Lenihan (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) is the Emerging Māori Writer in Residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington for 2023. Lenihan plans to work towards a novel set in pre-European times, potentially imagining the daily internal worlds of her tūpuna. For this talk Lenihan will share insights from her unfolding project, touching on and traversing between themes in Ana Iti’s work.

This is the fourth and final in the talk series Walking, Talking, Reading, Writing exploring themes running through Life Puzzle and A dusty handrail on the track. With references to narrative sequencing and spanning physical or temporal distances, the common point of departure is a push-pull approach to language and physical structure. Each presenter juxtaposes lifted elements to different ends: making sense of the subtle absurdities of everyday life or picking over remnant colonial and indigenous forms and structures.


  • Free - All Welcome


  • Wed 26 Apr


  • 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm


  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
  • Wellington 6012