Artist and Writer Faith Wilson introduces Sorority
An evening of readings from some of Te Whanganui-a-Tara’s finest women of colour.
Identifying as a WOC means that you are in a constant battle with tokenism and the urge to resist or to accept this whether strategically or unconsciously. Your inclusion in mainstream events is always political. Your acceptance is political. Your non acceptance or ignorance is political. Yet many of us successfully navigate both worlds. This is never easy. It’s always a decision. Fight or flight. But something that makes the fight more worth it is the sisterhood or sorority that you have with others who have chosen to keep saying something, to keep opening their mouths in a system of oppression and exclusion that says shut the fuck up. Tonight’s readers all have voices at varying degrees of volume, but all are relevant and need to be heard. The many voices can make a choir or a cacophony. Whatever the noise is, it won’t be ignored.
Hana Pera Aoake
Sorority was part of the Enjoy! Gallery Book Fair in July 2016. This episode also includes an interview with Louise Rutledge from Enjoy! Gallery.
The cottage has two bedrooms and a writing studio. It is located in inner-city Thorndon close to the Lilburn Residence, Rita Angus Cottage, Wellington Asia Residency, and the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, and within walking distance of the National and Turnbull Libraries.
On 27 June I took part in a presentation at the Friends of Randall Cottage AGM with Randall Cottage French Writer in residence Nicolas Fargues. This got me interested in Randell Cottage as a place and an idea.
Sian Robyns (image by Matt Bialostocki)
Thanks to everyone who spoke to me during this podcast, especially Sian Robyns and Nicolas.
This episode includes sounds released under Creative Commons licenses from Freesound.org