Once Were Hippies | PukapukaTalks (Nelson Arts Festival)

11:00 am
12:00 pm
Suter Theatre
208 Bridge Street

Steve Braunias speaks with Miro Bilbrough about her memoir, In The Time of the Manaroans, which he declared on Newsroom the ‘best written book of non-fiction of 2020’.

Miro Bilbrough made two films inspired by her unusual upbringing before penning her extraordinary memoir, In the Time of the Manaroans, which brilliantly captures a largely unwritten history of the Te Tau Ihu’s alternative culture. Isolated in rural poverty, the lives of Miro and her small family – literary father Norman and sister Paulo – are radically enhanced by the Manaroans, charismatic hippies who use their house as a crash pad on journeys to and from a commune in a remote corner of the Marlborough Sounds.

And then Miro heads to Nelson to complete her schooling...

Chaired by Steve Braunias.


Thanks to Victoria University Press

Miro Bilbrough Miro Bilbrough is a writer and filmmaker who grew up in New Zealand and lives in Australia. Her poetry chapbook Small-time spectre was published by Kilmog in 2010, and she has a Creative Doctorate of Arts in screenwriting and screen studies from the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. Her critically acclaimed feature films are Being Venice (2012), which premiered at Sydney Film Festival, and Floodhouse (2004). Excerpts and trailers, as well as her six-minute ciné-poem Urn (1995), can be viewed at www.mirobilbrough.com

Steve Braunias Steve Braunias is a well-known writer who works for the New Zealand Herald, serves as books editor at Newsroom, and is life president of the Hamilton Press Club. He has won over 50 national writing awards and is the author of 10 books, including Civilisation (winner of the 2013 NZ Post award for best book of non-fiction) and The Scene of the Crime, published by HarperCollins in 2015.