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Anna Smaill's launch speech for The Absolute Book

One of the enduring sources of delight in Elizabeth Knox’s work is a recurring trope. It’s a genre trope that has been stripped back to its bare walls and backfilled with nuance. It is this: an individual comes to an awareness of their rare gift.
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Launch speech for The Boyfriend

Tēnā koutou and welcome to this launch of Laura Southgate’s The Boyfriend. Be warned: that title is supremely ironic. Boys, some of whom are friends, are everywhere in this novel: there’s Dieter, Paul ‘so self contained he was practically shr
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Launch Speech for Ransack

Ransack by essa may ranapiri was launched on the 18th of July at Poppies Bookshop in Hamilton. The book was launched by Waikato University Senior Lecturer and writer, Tracey Slaughter. Pick up this book and you’re at the threshold of a tactile j
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essa may ranapiri Q&A

I want to start by talking about location. Māori as, but I feel like where we stand and how we interact with the land is integral to the work we create and I see it in your work. The Waikato, with all her history has a specific sort of Wairua and sig
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