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Talia – Isla Huia

Ngā Toi Māori, Poetry
Isla Huia’s debut collection of poetry, ‘Talia’, is here!

“all i shoot straight from the hip
is hipbone. an iwi in its own right.

all the world is a river. tequila sunrise, psoriasis, and peace.”

Talia is the debut poetry collection from Isla Huia (Te Āti Haunui a-Pāpārangi, Uenuku). It is a critique of hometowns, an analysis of whakapapa, and a reclamation of tongue. It is an ode to the earth she stands on, and to a sister she lost to the skies. It is a manifesto for a future full of aunties and islands and light.

Published by Dead Bird Books Publishing House in Tāmaki Makaurau, it is due to be released at all fabulous independent bookstores on May 18th, and is available for pre-order now at: https://www.deadbirdbooks.com/shop/talia-pre-sale
Please come and join Isla to launch this pēpi into te ao mārama on Sunday May 21 at Space Academy – there will be readings by Isla & friends, books to buy, as well as drinks and kai available to purchase from the lovely whānau at Space Academy.
Please share, invite, and head along – this book has been raised by a village, and Isla would love to launch it with that village at her side.
 To keep up with all of Isla’s literary goings-on, you can find her at @islahuiapoet on instagram.
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