Otahuhu College writers performed at the Auckland Writers Festival


On Saturday, May 20th, two talented Otahuhu College writers performed excerpts from their work at the Auckland Writers Festival in the Aotea Centre in central Auckland.

Tanya Roko and Maddy Leilua took part in the 1001 Auckland Nights Project – a creative writing cooperative that involved students from three separate Auckland high schools who came together to rewrite Scherazade’s infamous 1001 Arabian Nights with a modern, Auckland twist. Through this project, the students worked with specialist tutors, including Dr Paula Morris, accomplished novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland.

At the Writers Festival, Maddy and Tanya read work written by themselves and other students to a crowd of book lovers at least 300 strong. Their voices were accompanied by live musicians and a slide show of art work also completed by Auckland secondary schools.

Both students proudly represented Otahuhu,and their talent and composure was a credit to their families.


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