15 Jan 2017

Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale

5:15 pm on 20 January 2017
Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh Photo: Emma Hughes

The Samoan word ‘Tusitala’ means ‘storyteller’ – but what about its inverse, ‘tala tusi’, where the ‘teller is the tale?’

In her lyrical and amusing 2016 Book Council Lecture, poet and academic Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh takes the listener from the book corner of the Avondale Salvation Army shop to Westminster Abbey, where she performed a commissioned poem in front of the Queen.

After childhood and university reading that was very Anglocentric, Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh (who is of is of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English, Scottish and French descent) went on to discover the significance of writing about who you are and where you stand.

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