Creative writing is often positioned on the periphery of activism, community-building and mobilisation. However, relational writers cannot create in isolation. NZYWF Young Writer in Residence Ruby Macomber (Rotuma, Taveuni, Ngāpuhi; she/they), Ōtepoti artist Hailey Xavier (they/them) and Carl Naus will discuss the necessity of creative communities for social change. They’ll explore how creative writing can be a call to action, and the importance of equitable and accessible creative opportunities to amplify the experiences of marginalised voices. Then join Ruby for a workshop to explore poetry prompts for political re-imagining, planting seeds for community-building ahead of the 2023 General Election.
The NZYWF Young Writer in Residence is made possible by the generous support of the Robert Lord Writers Cottage Trust
Content warning: contains mention of incarceration, climate activism, protest and other sensitive issues