Welcome to Sweetman Podcast. It’s 2021. But I started this year with conversations recorded at the very end of 2020. Now we’re into fresh conversations recorded in 2021. And this is episode 247 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T and Yeastie Boys
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This is a conversation with Dunedin writer Talia Marshall. She is a poet and essayist – and was the first Emerging Maori Writer for the IIML residency in 2020. Her essay and columnist work can be read in a few places online including pieces at The Spinoff and Pantograph Punch, new occasional column on housing for The Sunday Star Times/Stuff and a beautiful recent essay ostensibly about rugby for North & South. There are pieces on Newsroom also. All of those links there feature examples of her work.
She is also a poet – and a long-in-the-works volume of her poetry is sure to eventuate, she tells me. There is also a book of essays to come.
We had never met and you’ll hear that immediately. But I really enjoyed this conversation – it was a cold-call in a sense; I’m a fan of Talia’s writing and I knew her on social media, I reached out and timing was a fluke as she was in Wellington. So we met up and had this conversation. We talk about her work, her development as a writing – some writing controversies and the madness of Twitter, and social media in general.
We also talk about reading and favourite writers.
I loved this conversation. And I hope you do too.
Here now is episode 247 of Sweetman Podcast – my conversation with Talia Marshall.