SLEEPS STANDING

 

‘During three days in 1864, 300 Māori men, women and children fought an imperial army and captured the imagination of the world.’ Sleeps Standing by Witi Ihimaera and Hēmi Kelly gives voice to the people who tried to protect their culture and land. The book is an extraordinary multi-perspective view of the Battle of Ōrākau with translations into Māori by Hemi Kelly. They talk with Michalia Arathimos about this New Zealand first.

 

 

 

 

SLEEPS
STANDING

SATURDAY 11 November

12.30pm

City Gallery

 

Tickets $15 / $18

 

Witi

Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction, 2017. His most recent books are Black Marks on the White Page (with Tina Makereti) and Sleeps Standing (with Hemi Kelly). He has just returned from filming a WW1 documentary in Tunisia, Turkey and Palestine.

Hēmi

Kelly

Hēmi Kelly is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whāoa descent. He is a full time lecturer in te reo Māori at the Auckland University of Technology and an assistant researcher at Te Ipukarea, the National Māori Language Institute. Alongside the Māori language, Hēmi has a passion for waiata composition, writing, translation and Māori visual and performing arts.

LITCRAWL WELLINGTON