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Tina Makereti & Lisa Allen-Agostini

Tina Makereti and Lisa Allen-Agonisti

Tina Makereti is the author of a novel, Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings (Vintage, 2014), and a short story collection, Once Upon a Time in Aotearoa (Huia Publishers 2010), which won the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards Fiction Prize 2011.
Lisa Allen-Agostini is a journalist from Trinidad and Tobago. The author of the teen action-adventure novel The Chalice Project (Macmillan Caribbean, 2008), she co-edited the crime anthology Trinidad Noir (Akashic Books, 2008).

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Post Five: The Interview


For the duration of their time as Writers in Residence Tina Makereti and Lisa Allen-Agostini wrote posts alternately. After two posts from each writer, we asked Tina and Lisa some questions about …

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Post Four by Tina Makereti: Te Karanga – The Call


I didn’t want to be a Māori writer. I am Māori and I wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t want to be described as a Māori writer. I …

Caribbean writer Kei Miller. Credit: Marlon James, courtesy the NGC Bocas Lit Fest

Post Three by Lisa Allen-Agostini: What Makes A Writer “Caribbean”?


What constitutes Caribbean identity? And who can legitimately claim it? Complex questions, they have once again reared their heads in discussions, as people debate who can call himself or herself …


Post Two by Tina Makereti: The Connecting Thread


E ngā hau whā, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. I write to you now as an author from Aotearoa As an indigenous woman writer from Aotearoa As the …

Writer In Residence; Commonwealth Writers; Child Abuse

Post One by Lisa Allen-Agostini: Talking About It


When I read the excerpt to an audience for the first time, they didn’t clap. They didn’t do anything except sit there for a few moments, sort of stunned. I …

Tina Makereti and Lisa Allen-Agonisti

About Tina Makereti & Lisa Allen-Agostini


For the duration of the residency Tina Makereti and Lisa Allen-Agostini posted up writing alternately. The residency culminated in a joint post. Tina Makereti is the author of a novel, Where the …

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