As a special seasonal treat we’ve joined with author and music critic Simon Sweetman to curate and present to you a festive panoply of poets reading their works for Wellingtonians — one a day until Christmas.
Our final fabulous poet is Ruby Solly, who will be reading from her forthcoming collection Tōku Pāpā.
Ruby’s first solo collection of poetry, Tōku Pāpā is due to be released in February 2021.
“Ruby Solly (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe) is a writer, musician and taonga pūoro practitioner living in Pōneke. She has been published in journals such as Landfall, Starling and Sport, among others. In 2020 she released her debut album, Pōneke, which looks at the soundscapes of Wellington’s past, present and future through the use of taonga pūoro, cello, and environmental sounds. She is currently completing a PhD in public health, focusing on the use of taonga pūoro in hauora Māori. Tōku Pāpā, due to be published in Februrary 2021, [will be] her first book.”
More from Ruby
Covid colab : a NZ lockdown music collaboration.
“Created during Alert Levels 4 and 3, Covid Colab is a gender-balanced, seven-track LP teeming with local talent. It features 37 Pōneke-based musicians.” (Description by Museums Wellington)
You can find Ruby’s debut album Pōneke on Bandcamp
During lockdown, Ruby was kind enough to speak to us about her work and her process. Have a listen to Ruby, speaking to our librarians Louise and Paul, below:
- Ruby on SOUNZ
- Ruby talking about her debut album Pōneke on RNZ Nights
- The Spinoff’s Friday Poem: Six Feet For a Single, Eight Feet For a Double by Ruby Solly