"The one thing my mum said to me was to put something out there that is you, that is original. So, I started writing... if I want to do my own thing or need help with my writing, I try to do something that is original to people. Whatever is obsessively in my mind, I write about it."
"What I do know is that writing brings me peace and sharing my writing with others gives me joy. I hope it gives people who read it something too. Writing is my way of processing the world, but it also feels essential to my way of being in the world, like there is no other way for me to be here and fully alive. So, I guess I’ll keep writing till I get chucked off the boat someday."
“As far as I know, none of my primary school teachers were Māori. None of the doctors in town were Māori. The mayor, my ballet teacher, optometrist, drama teacher: all Pākehā. Being Māori in our town was like being a speck of dirt at the very bottom of a snow-covered iceberg.”
"She does a Google search, finds a store selling ‘ancient coconut grater’ for a ridiculous price. Typical white people exploitative shit, she thinks. Rolls her eyes. Wishes her parents hadn’t so easily shed the tools and language of their culture when they came to this country.”
Centre for Stories is pleased to announce the Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers, a $10,000 fellowship open to mid-career writers engaged in issues of social justice.
"I have always had a creative side but, being a child of typical Asian parents, I have always been encouraged and supported to do well in academics. Then as I grew older, I was never able to pick a side! Even now, I am pursuing a career in science while finding outlets for my creativity."
Centre for Stories has been awarded a $185,000 grant from The Ian Potter Foundation for our Writing Change, Writing Inclusion writing program for three years.