Pasifika Spotlight: Courtney Sina Meredith
Courtney Sina Meredith
Samoan, Mangaian, and Irish.
Courtney Sina Meredith wanted to be a writer ever since she was a kid and started writing poems around age four (source). Her creativity was fostered by her family as she grew up around stories, poetry, and music (source). So it’s no wonder that Courtney Sina Meredith grew up to be a poet, playwright, and writer. Courtney is a shinning Pacific voice and so far has had published her poetry collection Brown Girls In Bright Red Lipstick and Tail of the Taniwha, her book of short stories.
In addition to this, her play Rushing Dolls was published by Playmarket in 2012. In her short career, she has won the Going West Poetry Slam, the Montana Poetry Slam, and Best Play by A Woman Playwright in the Adam New Zealand Play awards (source). Courtney is a powerhouse of a woman and she shows no signs of slowing down.
Wanna know more about Courtney? Check out her page on the New Zealand Book Council’s website.
Tail of the Taniwha by Courtney by Sina Meredith
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Blurb: Tail of the Taniwha is Meredith’s first book of short stories and follows her much lauded 2012 collection of poems Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (Beatnik Publishing) and multi-award-winning 2010 play Rushing Dolls (Playmarket, 2012).
Reviews on Tail of the Taniwha by Courtney by Sina Meredith:
“Visually, the book excites me. Sometimes the stories are little echo chambers with lines making multiple guest appearances in multiple colours or fonts. It is like a capella singing, with a sweet bitter harmony of voices getting under your skin.” – Paula Green (Stuff)
“Tail of the Taniwha push at the boundaries of written storytelling through their use of unusual graphic arrangements and typographic techniques as a narrative device. The end result is an idiosyncratic collection of stories that come alive in the way they interact with the page.” – Creative NZ
Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick by Courtney Sina Meredith
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Blurb: Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick is a collection of poetry by Courtney Sina Meredith. Meredith has established a local and international reputation as a performer, poet, musician and playwright. Her work is an on-going discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique and an educated, politically aware, international voice.
Excerpt: Tail of the Taniwha (The Coconet TV)
Review: What Brown Girls In Red Lipstick Think (NBR)
Interview: Courtney Sina Meredith: Why I push so hard
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