Selina Tusitala Marsh Cooking Captain Cook

Selina Tusitala Marsh

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A unique and special response to James Cook's voyages from New Zealand's Poet Laureate

Acclaimed New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh performs poetry written in response to Indigenous and oceanic artwork created to mark the 250th anniversary of the first of James Cook's voyages. 

Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Pasifika poet-scholar and is the current New Zealand Poet Laureate (2017-2019). As the 2016 Commonwealth Poet she wrote and performed a poem for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey.  Her first collection, Fast Talking PI (2009), won the Jesse Mckay Best First Book in the New Zealand Book Awards, her second collection, Dark Sparring (2013) was critically acclaimed and positioned her in 'the vanguard of contemporary Pacific Literature' and 'one of the most important poetic voices of her generation' (Edmeades 2013), while a third collection of poetry, Tightrope (2017) is forthcoming from Auckland University Press. 

An Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Auckland, Selina teaches New Zealand and Pacific Literature, convenes its largest course in Creative Writing, and supervises poets in its Masters of Creative Writing Programme.  Her service and leadership work engages diverse communities across multiple spaces through educational bridging programmes and national leadership programmes that involve corporate, government, and non-government organisations. Selina has led over 100 workshops for community and professional groups, spoken and mentored at over 40 schools and is in demand as a keynote speaker and performer. She delivered the prestigious annual New Zealand Book Council lecture for 2016, was made Honorary Literary Fellow in the New Zealand Society of Authors’ annual Waitangi Day Honours for 2017, and recently hosted an event with former President Barack Obama.


Name: Selina Tusitala Marsh Cooking Captain Cook
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546