Why I'm Writing what I'm Writing


Victor Rodger (Sons, Black Faggot), Eleanor Bishop (Body Double), Harriet McKnight (Rain Birds) and Brannavan Gnanalingam (Sodden Downstream) have all created powerful pieces of writing that reflect some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Together they get stuck into the need to write, the power of the arts to facilitate change, and what they think the future might hold for us all.


Why I'm Writing what I'm Writing

SUNDAY 12 November


City Gallery


Tickets $15 / $18


Victor RoDger

Victor Rodger is this year's writer in residence at Victoria University.  Of Samoan and Scottish descent, his first play, Sons debuted in 1995.  His subsequent plays include My Name is Gary Cooper, Club Paradiso and Black Faggot which was this year published by Victoria University Press.



Eleanor Bishop is a feminist playwright and director. Her pieces often blend original text, canonical plays and documentary interviews. Body Double (co-created with Julia Croft) is a meditation on the ideologies of female desire and plays at BATS Theatre 10-25 November. www.eleanorbishop.org



Australian Harriet McKnight’s work has been shortlisted for the 2014 Overland VU Short Story Prize, the 2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and the 2016 Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. She works as Managing Editor of The Canary Press. Rain Birds is her debut novel.

Brannavan Gnanalingam

Brannavan Gnanalingam was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1983 and is a writer and reviewer based in Wellington. His fourth novel, A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse was published by Lawrence & Gibson in June this year.