We are asking quick questions of writers and thinkers coming to Shifting Points of View, WORD Christchurch’s suite of events at September’s Christchurch Arts Festival.
First up, it’s the wonderful New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera.
What are you looking forward to doing in Christchurch?
Hanging with people who know how to party.
What do you think about libraries?
You can learn stuff there and take home new worlds and friends in the books you borrow.
What would be your “desert island book”?
Right now it would be Valley of the Cliffhangers by Jack Mathis.
Share a surprising fact about yourself.
I love B Movies of the 1940s and 50s, the badder the better.
Witi Ihimaera appears in:
- Fail safe / Fail better — Clementine Ford, Witi Ihimaera, Glenn Colquhoun, Lianne Dalziel, Hana O’Regan and Victor Rodger
Friday 1 September 7pm to 8.30pm at The Great Hall
- This is supposed to get easier, I wish: A novel-writing workshop [SOLD OUT]
Witi Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s most important writers. His book The Whale Rider was made into a successful feature film. His autobiography Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood won the General Non-Fiction Award at the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. His latest book is called Sleeps Standing: A Story for the Battle of Orakau (and it includes a Māori translation by Hemi Kelly). It is to be published in August.
Read his NZ Book Council profile for more information.
- Find works by Witi Ihimaera in our collection
- Our page on Shifting Points of view at the Christchurch Arts Festival
- More WORD Christchurch Quick Questions