“Walking Backwards into the Future” A Two-Day Workshop About Time

Date: 10:30 am–4:30 pm, Saturday 24 October & 10:30am – 4:30pm, Saturday 31 October, 2020
Location: Waikanae Baptist Church, 286 Te Moana Road, Waikanae
Faculty: Ruby Solly
Cost: $172.50 including lunch
To register contact: kirsten@kahini.org

In te ao Māori, we say that we walk backwards into the future. We look forward into the past as the promises of the future blossom behind our backs, their petals blowing past us on the winds of time.

Time is often thought of as one of the main elements of story. But what happens when we remove it? What happens when we look at time in writing outside of the Western scope? What happens when we show the movement of time through more than aging and decay?

Through this workshop we will be looking at different time scales across works of writing, different tohu or signs of time periods or time passing, and challenging each other to remove or recenter time within our writing. Breaking down the walls between different time periods to create a more open plan way of writing and reading where the past, present and future can sit alongside each other, informing our words and our understanding of them.

We will be reading a wide variety of authors including Patricia Grace, Joy Harjo, and Reinhard Brautigan to look at different presentations, scopes, and removals of time within writing. Over the two days, we will also be generating new writing using prompts and exercises that will become kākano, or seeds, for you to work with in future.

Limited to 12 participants. To reserve your space contact Kirsten Le Harivel at kirsten@kahini.org

Ruby Solly (Kai Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) is a writer, musician and taonga pūoro practitioner living in Pōneke. She has been published in journals such as Landfall, Starling and Sport among others. She is also a creative non fiction writer whose essays have featured on platforms such as E-Tangata, Pantograph Punch and News Room. In 2020 she released her debut album, Pōneke, which looks at the soundscapes of Wellington’s past, present and future through the use of taonga puoro, cello, and environmental sounds. She is currently completing a PhD in public health, focusing on the use of taonga pūoro in hauora Māori. Her first book of poetry, Tōku Pāpā is being released by Victoria University Press in early 2021.

Photo credit: Sebastian Lowe.