Writing Garlands of Stories

Date: 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 5 May 2018
Location: Toi Pōneke, 61/69 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington
Faculty: Sia Figiel
Cost: $75 including lunch, some scholarships available.
To register contact: kirsten@kahini.org

In this workshop, the physical and metaphysical merge as the ancient Samoan concept of su’ifefiloi, or sewing of garlands is used to bridge oral storytelling to the act of creative writing. Participants will use the senses; sight, scent and touch to sew and connect flowers to leaves while actively engaged in the act of storytelling. Connections to one’s own narrative as well as the stories of others will be explored as participants discover new tools to navigate their creativity  and produce new work.

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

SiaInternationally acclaimed Samoan writer Sia Figiel is the winner of the 1997 Regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book and the 1994 Polynesian Literary Prize for Poetry. She has published 4 novels, a collection of prose-poetry and an amplified performance poetry CD with Teresia Teaiwa. Her work has been translated to French, German, Catalan, Spanish, Danish and Portuguese. She has traveled the world extensively as a guest at universities, literary festivals, community centres and is the first Pacific Islander to perform her poetry at the Shakespeare Globe Theater, London. Her latest and much awaited novel, FREELOVE, is hot off the press and is available through Little Island Press, Auckland and through Amazon.