Arts Fest Launch - Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards
Awards Ceremony: Hāwera Community Centre, Albion Street, Hāwera
7.00pm Wednesday 28 October 2020
Arts Fest South Taranaki is launched this year by the iconic Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards, honouring the work of Morrieson (1922–1972), a novelist and short story writer in Hawera, South Taranaki. Morrieson wrote four novels: coming of age tale The Scarecrow (1963), Came A Hot Friday (1964), Predicament (published in 1975) and his only contemporary novel Pallet on the Floor (1976), which may have been unfinished upon his death. All have been adapted for the cinema, the only New Zealand writer to have acquired this achievement. Two short stories were published posthumously, in 1974; Cross My Heart And Cut My Throat and The Chimney.
According to New Zealand Film 1912 -1996, Morrison's novels contain his "trademark preoccupations....of sex, death, mate ship, voyeurism, violence, booze and mayhem in bleak small town New Zealand - along with his irreverent black humour".
2020 judges are Whiti Hereaka for Short Story entries and Glenn Colquhoun for the Poetry category. Enjoy refreshments and light supper following the ceremony and readings.
Everybody's Theatre, Tasman St, Ōpunakē
7.30 pm Thursday 5 November 2020
80 mins, plus interval
Tickets: $25 (service fees apply)
Enjoy a live theatre show from the RESET Taranaki festival, hosted by Ōpunakē's community run, restored historic movie theatre.
CRINGE WORTHY! takes us back to NZ in the 1970s when the ‘cultural cringe’ was in full swing! A groovy, tubular, dynamite extravaganza that is equal parts nostalgic, humiliating, and hilarious!
Remember the days when Mark Williams, Bunny Walters, Craig Scott, The Fourmyula, Creation, and Blerta sashayed into our living rooms performing original songs and covers of overseas hits? If you answered yes, then you must see CRINGE WORTHY! Brought to you by the creators of NZ's favourite girl group, The Beatgirls, its a smorgasbord of contagious songs served up with a side of bell-bottoms and a huge dollop of cheesy comedy.
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