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Renée is regarded as a living legend in Aotearoa. A novelist, poet and playwright of Māori (Ngāti Kahungunu) and Scottish/Irish descent, she has just published her first crime novel 'The Wild Card' (The Cuba Press) and lives in Ōtaki writing her second and teaching crime writing. A new edition of her memoir 'These Two Hands' is soon to be released. Renée has described herself as 'a lesbian feminist with socialist working-class ideals' and her work puts women and the concerns of working-class people and Māori centre stage. She blogs each Wednesday at Wednesday Busk, named after her beloved play about a family in the Depression, Wednesday to Come.

Renée was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and drama, and she has been awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement, and the Playmarket Award for significant artistic contribution to New Zealand theatre.



Discussion Panel: Writing the World (with Nicola EasthopeTim JonesElspeth Tilley and Mary McCallum)

Sunday 13 September, 3:15pm - 5:00pm

Be entertained by this panel of acclaimed authors as they robustly discuss how writing fiction or poetry can bring about social or political change and why a number of activists are now turning to the medium.