Witi Ihimaera will celebrate 50 years as a published writer next year. He comes to Dunedin to talk about his latest book, Navigating the Stars, a historical non-fiction account of Maori creation myths. It is the book which, after a long career in literature, art, theatre and film, he says he was "born to write". His next book is a children's illustrated fiction title, The Astromancer, due out later this year.
In a busy and creative life, Ihimaera co-edits, with Dunedin writer Michelle Elvy, an international online platform, Love in the Time of Covid. He is also the Patron of the 100 Books in Maori project and the Wairoa Film Festival, and is a member of boards including New Zealand Opera. He is currently working on Indigenous Envoy, the third in his series of memoir following Māori Boy and Native Son.
Witi was a previous Burns Fellow. He lives in Auckland.
Witi Ihimaera at DWRF 2021:
Navigating the Stars
Love in the Time of COVID