12:15 pmTe Marae, Level 4, Te Papa
Tina Makereti is a fiction writer who has also been recognised for her non-fiction, winning the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing (Non-fiction) in 2009. She has twice won the Fiction award at the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards, first in 2011 for her short-story collection Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa, and again in 2014 for her debut novel Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings. Makereti is joined by fiction writer Lawrence Patchett to discuss her new novel The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke, about an orphaned son of a chief, ardent student of English, and wide-eyed survivor who travels to London in 1846. All the world’s a stage, especially when you’re a living exhibit.