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The Single Object

A new video series tells powerful stories about objects that have shaped New Zealand culture. Watch the latest episode about New Zealand’s only collection of Chinese types, and read an essay by artist Kerry Ann Lee.

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titlecard for The Single Object episode featuring the Chinese heritage types
Excerpted detail of the first Wellington Bamboo Branch Songs published in the Chinese Growers Journal (vol 13, no.140 Nov-Dec 1967)

Wellington Bamboo Branch Songs: A crowd translation project

Are you curious about Chinese poetry written in and about Wellington? Would you like to help bring early New Zealand Chinese literary heritage to new readers?

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  • Twelve ways to rewrite a poem: National Poetry Day workshop

    How many ways can you rewrite a poem? Join award-winning Wellington poets in a writing workshop and make a collaborative letterpress poetry zine.

    Venue: Wai-te-ata Press, Rankine Brown RB006