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What makes you wake up at 2am? What thoughts prompt a restless tossing and turning? Poet Karlo Mila (A Well Written Body), essayist Rose Lu (All Who Live On Islands) and historian Bart van Es (The Cut Out Girl) reveal what keeps them awake in the small hours with a short lecture commissioned for this event by the 2020 Festival.

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Bart van Es

Netherlands, United Kingdom


Bart van Es is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College. He is the author of Spenser’s Forms of History, Shakespeare in Company, and Shakespeare’s Comedies. He was born in the Netherlands and now lives with his family in England.

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Karlo Mila

Aotearoa / New Zealand


Poet Dr Karlo Mila, of Tongan and Palangi descent, won the 2006 Best First Book of Poetry for Dream Fish Floating. She is also the author of A Well Written Body and the Programme Director of the Mana Moana Experience at Leadership NZ.  Her forthcoming poetry book The Goddess Muscle will be published by Huia in time for Matariki, 2020.  She lives in Auckland with her three sons.

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Rose Lu

Aotearoa / New Zealand


Rose Lu is a Wellington based writer. In 2018 she gained her Masters in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters and was awarded the Modern Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her essay collection All Who Live on Islands is out November 2019 through VUP. She has been published in Sport, Pantograph Punch, Turbine Kapohau and Mimicry. Her undergraduate was in Mechatronics engineering and she has worked as a software developer since 2012. Photo credit Ebony Lamb


Renouf Foyer, Michael Fowler Centre

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Duration: 1hr

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