Country of Focus

Aotearoa and the Great Ocean


Beginning in our sixtieth year, we are initiating a new part of our regular programming – a country or region of focus within the Indo–Pacific. In a time of restricted travel, journeying in the mind is all the more vital. And seeking out a diversity of perspectives from our nearest neighbours on all the important issues of our day is critical for the maturity and balance of our own public dialogues.

Our inaugural program focuses on the literature and storytelling traditions of some of our nearest neighbours of the Pacific – Aotearoa/New Zealand and the island nations of the Great Ocean.

Program highlights include the extraordinary literary talents of former poet laureate of New Zealand Selina Tusitala Marsh in Word Play Online, award-winning poet Tusiata Avia in conversation with Maxine Beneba Clarke, celebrated academic and psychiatrist Hinemoa Elder, Te Reo expert and cultural champion Stacey Morrison, and the delightful Wellington-based spoken word poetry collective Show Ponies at the Metro Theatre.

Dive into the rich and vibrant poetry and writing of Melanesia with Black Salt. Hear the lyrical, urgent voices in Aotearoan poetry in the Land of the Long White Cloud Showcase. Explore storytelling traditions beyond the written page in Weaving on the Terrace and Ta Moko on Māori tattoo.

Reacquaint yourself with three of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s past literary greats through the lens of contemporary writers Christine Leunens, Miro Bilbrough and more on Katherine Mansfield, J.P. Pomare on “Queen of Crime” Ngaio Marsh, and Pip Adam on the inimitable Janet Frame.

Discover new writers, great stories and the beautiful words of the Pacific.

Confidence, Creativity and Culture

Country of Focus / Word Play Online

Confidence, Creativity and Culture

Online Event

Show Ponies

Special Event

Show Ponies

Metro Arts

Black Salt

Regular

Black Salt

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Long White Cloud Poetry Gala

Country of Focus / Regular

Long White Cloud Poetry Gala

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Weaving on the Terrace

Country of Focus / Special Event

Weaving on the Terrace

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Ta Moko

Country of Focus / Regular

Ta Moko

Maiwar Green Marquee, State Library

Subversions: Janet Frame

Country of Focus / Regular

Subversions: Janet Frame

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Yas Queen
Headshot of Maxine Beneba Clarke

Online Program / Country of Focus

Yas Queen

Online Event

The Rise and Rise of Indigenous Publishing

Country of Focus / Online Program

The Rise and Rise of Indigenous Publishing

Online Event

Great Ocean Oratures and Digital Territories

Cancelled

Online Program / Country of Focus

Great Ocean Oratures and Digital Territories

Online Event

Decolonising through Design

Online Program / Country of Focus

Decolonising through Design

Online Event

Prelude: Katherine Mansfield

Country of Focus / Regular

Prelude: Katherine Mansfield

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Sedition or Surrender

Country of Focus / Regular

Sedition or Surrender

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Diaspora Excellence

Country of Focus / Regular

Diaspora Excellence

slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library

Sea of the Song

Country of Focus / Regular

Sea of the Song

slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library

Island Stories

Country of Focus / Free event

Island Stories

kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library

A Life in Crime: Ngaio Marsh

Country of Focus / Regular

A Life in Crime: Ngaio Marsh

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Lore

Country of Focus / Regular

Lore

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Trans Bodies, Trans Lives

Country of Focus / Regular

Trans Bodies, Trans Lives

Maiwar Green Marquee, State Library

Treaties: Negotiating Nations

Country of Focus / Regular

Treaties: Negotiating Nations

slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library

(un)Bite Your Tongue

Country of Focus / Regular

(un)Bite Your Tongue

Maiwar Green Marquee, State Library

Food Sovereignty

Country of Focus / Regular

Food Sovereignty

slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library

Queering the Narrative

Country of Focus / Regular

Queering the Narrative

slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library

Love and Compassion in a Time of Crisis

Country of Focus / Regular

Love and Compassion in a Time of Crisis

slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library

Let's Imagine the End of the World

Country of Focus / Regular

Let's Imagine the End of the World

slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library

Women, Survival, Violence & the Law

Country of Focus / Regular

Women, Survival, Violence & the Law

Maiwar Green Marquee, State Library

Hiakai (livestreamed)

Cancelled

Country of Focus / Regular

Hiakai (livestreamed)

slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library

Embracing Complexity

Country of Focus / Regular

Embracing Complexity

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

All I Have is a Voice Poetry Showcase

Selling Fast

Country of Focus / Special Event

All I Have is a Voice Poetry Showcase

Wandering Cooks

Missionary Position: Colonisation & Storytelling

slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library

Let's Hear It for the Boys

Country of Focus / Regular

Let's Hear It for the Boys

Maiwar Green Marquee, State Library

Queer AF in a Climate Crisis

Country of Focus / Regular

Queer AF in a Climate Crisis

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

Maramataka - Look Up

Country of Focus

Maramataka - Look Up

Queensland Terrace, level 2, State Library

First Nations Writing in Australia and Aotearoa

kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library

Don't Fence Me In

Country of Focus / Regular

Don't Fence Me In

slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library

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