Confidence, Creativity and Culture
Country of Focus / Word Play Online
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
In this inspiring session, bestselling author and poet Selina Tusitala Marsh explores themes of confidence, creativity and connection to culture. Selina will share her favourite moments from her graphic memoirs Mophead and Mophead Tu, her writing process, and how tackles big themes like colonialism and identity with humour and heart.
Available by single download or with a Word Play Online subscription. See ticketing page for more information.
Content will be available to watch from May 3rd until the end of term 4.
Selina Tusitala Marsh
Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh is of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English and French descent. She was the first Pacific Islander to graduate with a PhD in English from The University of Auckland and is now a professor in the English Department, specialising in Pasifika literature. Her first collection, the bestselling Fast Talking PI, won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in 2010. Marsh represented Tuvalu at the London Olympics Poetry Parnassus event in 2012; her work has been translated into Ukrainian and Spanish and has appeared in numerous forms live in schools, museums, parks, billboards, print and online literary journals. As Commonwealth Poet (2016), she composed and performed for the Queen at Westminster Abbey. She became New Zealand's Poet Laureate in 2017. Her debut children's book and memoir, Mophead: How Your Difference Makes a Difference, was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year - 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and was followed by Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem.