October 31, 2023
Bone people touchstone for Hulme award winner
The first winner of the Pikihuia Keri Hulme Award says they were influenced by the Booker Prize-winning Māori author.
The award is for published authors who have published a book in the past two years.
essa may ranapiri won the award for their poetry collection Echinada (Eh-KID-NAH), , which draws on pūrākau, Christian and Greek mythology to tell a story of identity in a colonised world.
They say Keri Hulme’s push to expand what Māori writing is through sexuality, gender and using non Māori traditions was inspirational.
“So I wanted to, you know, draw on all those things. Which is another thing I feel Like Hulme , did really well. Like draw on heaps of different traditions, like the use of tarot in the, in The Bone People is something that I’m reminded of.
essa may ranapiri says ensuring takatāpui have a voice is their main drive and it’s humbling to be given the award.