“ We can’t rewalk the exact footprints we make in the stories of our lives but we’ll hear again our footprints like the lullabies our parents sang us the moment our stories end. Perhaps out of our footprints our children will nurse wiser lullabies.” — Maualaivao Albert Wendt, The Adventures Of Vela.
Maualaivao Albert Wendt is one of Samoa’s and New Zealand’s foremost writers and academics. He has been instrumental in reshaping literary intellectual culture in Aotearoa and Oceania as a whole. During his forty year career he has published numerous novels, collections of poetry and short stories, and edited notable anthologies of Pacific writing. His work has been translated into many languages and taught around the world. Through his teaching and writing he has changed how we perceive the Pacific, ourselves and our place in it. Among his many literary prizes and honours he has been awarded in 2012 the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction and in 2013, our country’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand. In 2018 he was made a recipient of the Icon Award by The Arts Foundation. He is Emeritus Professor of English at Auckland University, and lives with his partner Reina Whaitiri in Ponsonby, Auckland, and continues to write and paint fulltime. They have ten mokopuna.
Maualaivao Albert Wendt remains an inspiration with his commitment to the written word and its power to influence the way we view ourselves. Join him as he unpacks his writing and writing life in conversation with playwright and writer, Victor Rodger.
Saturday 22 September, 1:00pm