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An Evening of Poetry with Selina Tusitala Marsh, New Zealand Poet Laureate

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An Evening of Poetry with Selina Tusitala Marsh, New Zealand Poet Laureate


Selina Tusitala will poetically unpack the stories behind her name ‘Tusitala’, the Samoan word for ‘writer of tales’.  Tusitala was both her Tuvalu grandfather’s name and the title Samoan chiefs bestowed upon the canonical Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson when he lived (and died) in Samoa. Selina has delighted audiences around the world with her engaging performances, embodying her Tusitala legacy.About Selina Tusitala MarshSelina Tusitala Marsh is a Pasifika Poet-Scholar. As the 2016 Commonwealth Poet she wrote and performed a poem for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey.  She has three nationally acclaimed collections of poetry with her first book, Fast Talking PI (2009) winning a national award. An Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Auckland, Selina teaches New Zealand and Pacific Literature, and Creative Writing.  She delivered the prestigious annual New Zealand Book Council Lecture (2016), was made Honorary Literary Fellow by the New Zealand Society of Authors (2017), and is currently the New Zealand Poet Laureate (2017-2019), the country’s highest poetry accolade.  Selina lives in hope that one day, one of her three rugby-loving sons will write her a poem.Selina Tusitala Marsh, is a guest poet of this year’s Dublin Literary Festival



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