As our rōpū approaches the second Te Papa Tupu workshop and Jade gets closer to her goal of a completed (first draft of a) manuscript, she reflects on reading, research and making space for writing.

The co-existence of career and writing. I want to be writing. Instead I’m helping my colleague Tumbleweed lay-up carbon fibre. It’s an icky, sticky, process that involves gluing layers of the stuff and squishing the whole lot into a mould. There’s never quite enough space. We’re saved from cracking heads purely by the fact that […]

Olivia Aroha Giles, Libra/Tiger, mother/stepmother, grandmother, sister, owner of cat and wife of Scotty. Brought up to put everyone’s needs before her own and how creating space for happiness has enabled her to focus on writing, build courage and land a place on Te Papa Tupu.