• Wednesday, November 6, 2019

  • 6:30 PM  7:30 PM

  • Public Trust Hall131 - 135 Lambton QuayWellingtonNew Zealand (map)

Celebrate the start of Verb Festival with a trip into the unanswerable question of “what is the essential struggle”? Verb authors offer ideas that will take us from the personal to the political, the beautiful and the ludicrous, so prepare for a multi-faceted journey to the heart of it all. Speakers include: Nadine Anne Hura, Sarah Moss (UK), Sinéad Gleeson (Ireland), D. Nandi Odhiambo (Africa/Canada), Nick Ascroft, Eamonn Marra, Rijula Das, Harry Giles (Orkney), Duncan Sarkies. Grab a drink and meet the authors afterwards.

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VERB Wellington 2019

The 14th Michael King Writers' Centre residency for emerging writers 2019 was held by Rijula Das who lives and works in Wellington.

Read more about her project here.

Michael King Writers' Residency 2019

 Rijula Das was awarded the Dastaan Award 2016 for her story Notes from a Passing.

Judges' Note: "A father-son relationship marked by distance and a lack of communication might be a commonplace theme in fiction, but in Notes from a Passing, Rijula Das makes it extraordinary through her treatment of the subject. Rijula’s diction is poetic and graceful, and her narrative is filled with wisdom and insights that are at once heartrending and satisfying. Notes is a wonderful example of meticulous writing. The descriptions seem to have been forged with care and precision. Notes will hold your hand and take you along on an exploration of grief as its narrator begins to anticipate and understand the immeasurable dimensions of the loss of a parent."

Read more about it here.

Dastaan Award 2016