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HELON HABILA Nigerian US-based journalist, poet, and author Helon Habila is considered one of Africa’s finest literary voices. He writes about identity, exile and the many kinds of travellers now crisscrossing Africa and Europe. Habila’s fourth, novel Travellers has it all, reviews The Guardian, “intelligence, tragedy, poetry, love, intimacy, compassion, and a serious, soulful, arms-wide engagement with one of the most acute concerns of our age – the refugee crisis”. Habila has won numerous awards including the Caine Prize, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Windham-Campbell Literature Prize.
PHILIPPA SWAN Philippa Swan’s time-travelling novel The Night of All Souls blends a contemporary tale with the secrets of the Pulitzer-prizewinner Edith Wharton.So Swan trained as a landscape architect and wrote the critically acclaimed non-fiction book, Life (and Death) In A Small City Garden. She is a freelance writer for NZ Gardener and Cuisine, and has won awards for her short-stories.
FREYA DALY SADGROVE Writer, performer and theatre maker Freya Daly Sadgrove recently published her first poetry collection, Head Girl. Her work is described as profoundly funny, surprising and moving, and ruthless in its interrogation of human behaviour. She has a Master's in Poetry from Victoria University of Wellington, and her work has appeared in various publications in Aotearoa, Australia and the US.
HOSTED BY: PAULA MORRIS Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. She was the 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature.