October 22, 2018
Writers to challenge old country
A Māori writer says reading and talking about her work in London will be a chance to strike a blow against the empire.
Tina Makareti is one of five Māori and Pacific writers heading for the United Kingdom for a literature showcase at the Oceania Exhibition, which is on show at the Royal Academy until December.
She says it’s a way to say ‘look at us.'
"Over history that relationship with the empire, with the UK has been difficult for us and I don't think they always know how to see us, how to understand us, so we take our stories back, we take our artworks back," Makareti says.
The other writers are Witi Ihimaera, Paula Morris, Karlo Mila and David Eggleton.
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