Event for Secondary School age group (Years 9 - 13)

Venue: Deluxe 1, Embassy Theatre, Wellington (capacity 70 people)
Time: 1.15pm: arrive by this time for a 1.30pm start.
1.30pm: event starts
2.30pm: event ends. Writers will be available to sign books which will be for sale at the venue thanks to Unity Books.

Author and activist Sandra Cisneros is one of the world’s most acclaimed writers. Her novel The House on Mango Street has sold millions of copies, is a staple in American schools and in 2024 turns 40 years old. Tayi Tibble is one of Aotearoa’s most gifted poets, whose work is now published in the US and is finding a new audience overseas. With Cisneros with us in Aotearoa, the two artists come together to talk about what compels them to write, the work beneath it, and what it’s like for their words to cross oceans.

In this event for Secondary-aged students, Sandra and Tayi will talk together for 30 mins before student interviewers join them on stage to interview them (20 mins). The final 10 mins will throw to the audience to catch impromptu questions from the student crowd.

Following the live event, Sandra and Tayi will be available to sign books (which will be for sale at the venue thanks to Unity Books).

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, a MacArthur Fellowship, national and international book awards, including the PEN America Literary Award, and the National Medal of Arts. In addition to her writing, Cisneros has fostered the careers of many aspiring and emerging writers through two nonprofits she founded: the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. As a single woman, she made the choice to have books instead of children. A citizen of both the United States and Mexico, Cisneros currently lives in San Miguel de Allende and makes her living by her pen.

Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou) is a poet and writer from Aotearoa. Born in Wellington, Tayi grew up in Porirua and studied at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with a degree in history and a Masters in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2017. In that same year, she received the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing for her work In a Fish Tank Filled with Pink Light, which went on to become her first collection, Poūkahangatus, which was published in 2018 by Te Herenga Waka Press. Her second book of poetry, Rangikura, was published in the United States in 2023.

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