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"Who is telling our Stories"

Date: 25.02.2015 08:19 Age: 3 yrs

Invitation to a Panel Discussion

"Who is telling our Stories"
A Pacific Island Writers' Conversation

Date: Friday 27 February, 2015
Venue: Japan-Pacific ICT Theatre, USP
Time: 5.30 - 7.30 p.m.

Panelists: Professor Konai Helu Thaman (USP), Professor Subramani (FNU), Dr. Mohit Prasad (USP) and Lani Wendt-Young (Samoan Author)

Moderators: Patrick French (British Writer, Biographer and Historian), Sunila Galappatti (Commonwealth Writers) and Dr. Cresantia Koya Vaka'uta (USP)

The panellists will discuss the importance of Pacific island literature reflecting on the first wave of writing in the 1970s and 80s, producing most of the best known Pacific island writers. They will also discuss the second wave of writing in the late 1990s and the seeming decline in literature produced in the islands. They will share their views about the contribution of literature as windows into contextual lived realities of a people while considering the role and responsibility of a writer as a historian and agent of change. The panel will also consider ways by which we may re-create creative spaces for the development of contemporary Pacific island writing taking into account the challenges of writing in the 21st Century Pacific. Samoan author of Pacific Tsunami Galu Afi and The Telesa Trilogy, Lani Wendt Young makes her contribution via a vlog created for the panel.

For more information please contact: cresantia.koyavakauta(at)

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