Picking up where the first volume of his award-winning memoir left off, Native Son follows Witi Ihimaera from the age of 15, through his triumphs and failures at school and university, to experimenting sexually, searching for love, identity and purpose, and publishing his first books. In conversation with Sue Orr, Witi revisits a time when to simply be published as a Māori author was a landmark moment.
Witi Ihimaera is of Te Whānau a Kai, Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Tūhoe, Te Whānau ā Apanui and Ngāti Porou descent. He was the first Māori to publish a novel, Tangi, in 1973. He has subsequently gone on to become one of New Zealand’s leading writers. He is passionate about writing Māori stories and creating opportunities for them to be shown not only in print but also in theatre and on film. His memoir, Māori Boy, won the 2016 Ockham Award for the best non-fiction work. His play, All Our Sons, won six Wellington theatre awards and will be produced by the Auckland Theatre Company in 2018. He is currently writing the third volume of his memoir and working on other projects, including an opera, Flowing Water, which is set in the Waikato during the New Zealand Wars.
Sue Orr is a fiction writer. She has a background in journalism and speech writing and her first collection of stories, Etiquette for a Dinner Party, was published in 2008. Nicky Pellegrino wrote in the Herald on Sunday, ‘If you only have time for one new local writer in your life then make sure it is Sue Orr. Her debut collection of short stories, Etiquette for a Dinner Party, deserves to be a best-seller.’ Orr’s writing has appeared in anthologies, literary journals, and magazines.
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