Mangere Writers collective are a group of several writers who either live, work or study in Mangere and was established in 2016 with a vision to share local writers’ stories in a collection of writings from various perspectives.
‘Mana Mangere Voices’ is the name of their first collection which includes short stories and poetry from local writers who are not only passionate about writing but also about sharing their stories with their families, friends and the global community.
Writers will be sharing their stories and/or poetry readings at the book launch at the Mangere Town centre Library on Saturday 26 August from 1.30 pm in line with the National Poetry day of 25th August.
Local self-published author, artist, blogger and educator, Helen Tau’au Filisi, is one of the founding members and feels privileged to have had the opportunity to edit the collection of poetry and short stories. “Local writers have important stories to tell about where they came from and what they have experienced in having lived, worked or studied in Mangere. I hope many people will be encourage and inspired by their efforts.”
As well as thanking the writers and their friends and family, two other people who were pivotal in making this publication possible were: Sonia Munro, the Mangere Town Centre library manager who provided space for us in the the library to meet and Sally Barnett, the arts broker for the Mangere Otahuhu local boards.
A very big thank you for the funding and possible for making this possible to the Mangere Otahuhu local board.