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Calling all creative writers

Editors of Kaituhi Rāwhiti are calling for creative writers to submit their work for the second edition of their East Coast anthology, capturing the multicultural essence that is Tairāwhiti.

Last year saw the birth of Kaituhi Rāwhiti, an anthology published to showcase and celebrate East Coast writers. The conception of this project began amid a meeting of the Tairāwhiti Writers Hub Collective (TWHC) in 2019, and the idea started to sprout, grow and take shape throughout 2020.

The Writers Hub gratefully received a grant from the Margaret King Spencer Writers Encouragement Trust Fund, which enabled the book's publication.

The anthology launch was a sell-out event, and the publication has continued to sell well over the ensuing months. The team at TWHC decided that it was time to cast their net again with the vision of creating Kaituhi Rāwhiti Volume Two.

The original team of editors — Aaron Compton, Christopher McMaster and Gillian Moon are excited to welcome Regina de Wolf-Ngarimu to the editorial team for this anthology.

Regina, a contributor in the first anthology (under her writing name R de Wolf), brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in marketing and has published several books.

Academic and author McMaster said the book industry was changing.

“The book publishing industry is changing, whereby the author becomes the publisher, as well as managing the business side of things and hires professionals, such as graphic designers, to create a top-notch product. Accessing a grant or funding support can really make this process happen.”

Kaituhi Rāwhiti Two offers the writing community a chance to be included in the project by submitting work with the opportunity (should their piece be accepted) to have it published in a professional volume of work.

“It is an opportunity for writers to be a part of a professional book and something to be proud of,” said Compton.

The editors are putting out the call and are looking for diversity to capture the multicultural essence that is Tairāwhiti.

“Our role as a group is to encourage people to share their knowledge, from rangatahi to kaumātua, and all in between. We want to capture their stories and history,” de Wolf-Ngarimu said.

“Our written words are taonga, a moment in time shared, of wairua mingling with an opportunity to embrace creativity and embark on a journey together with aroha and manaakitanga. We want to engage Māori and indigenous writers in the spirit of inclusiveness that is Tairāwhiti.”

Submissions and inquiries are being accepted via email at tairawhitiwrite@gmail.com, and the deadline for submissions is March 1, so there is plenty of summer writing time ahead.

See the Essential Writer's Info Sheet for the guidelines available on the Tairawhiti Writers Hub Facebook page.

New members are welcome. Alternatively, guidelines may also be requested via email.

“Whether writing is published in this edition or the next, acquiring skills and knowledge along the way are the gifts that last forever.”

GET WRITING: Editors from Kaituhi Rāwhiti Two are looking for writers for their next publication. From left, editors Aaron Compton, Regina de Wolf-Ngarimu, Gillian Moon and Christopher McMaster. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell